Minister launches Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre

28 November 2013

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, officially opened the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at its inaugural conference on 25 November.

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, also welcomed the new centre as a key part of cyber security research taking place at the University, and of the interdisciplinary work of the Oxford Martin School.

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In front of an invited audience, speakers from academia, industry, government and other key organisations described the challenges of cyber security capacity building, better international cooperation and key priorities for 2014.

Amongst the issues debated was the lack of a shared international vocabulary to provide the foundation for addressing common issues; the impact of cultural differences; the relationship between privacy and cyber security; and the question of leadership in cyber space. Director Professor Sadie Creese set out the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre’s aims, with the help of its international partners, to provide metrics for cyber security development, to address the challenges of capacity building and to produce practical results that will close the gap between innovation and security in cyberspace.

Andrew Hamilton and Ed Vaizey

Ian Goldin

Debate 25 Nov 2013

Sadie Creese

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Other speakers included; Dr Adriane Lapointe, (U.S. Department of State), Derek O’Halloran (WEF), David Pollington (Microsoft), Jamie Saunders (FCO), Dr Jamie Shea (NATO), and Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar (European External Action Service). Download the full programme here.

A summary report will be available on these webpages soon.

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