Cyber Warfare

It might sound like science fiction, but Cyber Warfare is real, growing and important. Today saw the kick-off of a two-day conference in London on this subject organised by Defence IQPC.

It’s a timely reminder of the importance of this subject, especially following the attacks experienced by Estonia last year. That was a wake-up call for many institutions. They’ve since swung into action to identify ways of defending us against potential attacks.

Have they got it right and is it working? The answer has to be no. We’ve made a start, but there is a long way to go. We need a lot more resource and imaginative thinking trained on this issue. It’s encouraging that the awareness of the problem is growing. But the solution space needs filling out. And that’s far too thin.

One thing is clear. The answer lies in co-operation and leveraging the power of networks. Industry has a role in supporting government. We’re all in this together. We should be doing a lot more to connect our risk assessment and incident response processes.