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NCSC CyberUK event heads to Belfast in 2023

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National Cyber Security Centres annual CyberUK roadshow is crossing the Irish Sea to Belfast in April 2023

Alex Scroxton

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Published: 09 Sep 2022 0: 01

The National Cyber Security Centres (NCSCs) flagship annual conference, CyberUK, is going to the ICC Belfast conference centre in Northern Ireland in April 2023, with the theme of Securing an open and resilient digital future.

With both its current and former CEOs hailing from Northern Ireland, the NCSC is gathering its senior leadership in Belfast today (9 September) to meet up with business leaders from the regions growing cyber security community.

Northern Ireland has already been home to 4% of the UKs cyber security workforce despite representing just 2.8% of its total population, and contains a strong history of attracting significant overseas investment in the neighborhood cyber sector. Belfast can be home to the world-leading Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queens University.

As a proud Northern Irish woman, I’m delighted to see our flagship CyberUK conference arrived at Northern Ireland for the very first time, recognising its position as a worldwide cyber security hub, said NCSC leader Lindy Cameron.

Todays launch of CyberUK 2023 marks a significant milestone on the journey to next years event, that will examine how exactly we can secure our digital future when confronted with the challenges and opportunities posed by technological developments.

Belfast is a fitting host for what promises to become a great event and an important chance of the cyber security community to interact towards securing an open and resilient digital future.

The focus of next years event will undoubtedly be on three core threads: what sort of strong cyber ecosystem might help in the delivery of a far more resilient society; understanding the threats, risks and vulnerabilities we collectively face; and gaining technological advantage alongside the UKs friends and allies.

Supported by the Belfast and Northern Ireland Conference Support Scheme, CyberUK 2023 is likely to attract over 2,000 attendees from all over the world. More info on the function will be obtainable in due course.

The 2022 conference in Newport, South Wales, marked a go back to in-person events for the NCSC following two Covid-hit years. It played host to an abundance of discussions on diverse topics from security innovation and startups, to cloud security, data-sharing, Russias war on Ukraine along with other nation state threats, along with the UK governments whole-of-society National Cyber Strategy.

In a speech delivered on the opening day of the conference, GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said: For the very first time, we’ve a national strategy that covers the complete of cyber, from defence to cyber operations, and from cyber rules to skills.

It recognises the role of citizens, businesses large and small, academia, NGOs, local and devolved governments, also it recognises that people must interact to improve cyber resilience. I believe it genuinely breaks new ground, even though it inevitably foretells the threat, it creates it clear that as a country, we should seize the opportunities from technology, confident that cyber remains a force once and for all.

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