Warfare 2.0: The Cyber Threat to States, Businesses and All of Us : Intelligence Squared

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Monday 23 October 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

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Warfare 2.0: The Cyber Threat to States, Businesses and All of Us

We are at war: cyberwar. Cyber attacks are becoming the weapon of choice for states, terrorists and criminal organisations. Through the fragile, interconnected structure of the web, anything can be hacked – from national infrastructure to an individual’s identity. The recent worldwide Ransomware epidemic, for example, affected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, targeting individuals and global companies including Fedex. The nightmare scenario of an entire city’s physical infrastructure being brought down by cybercriminals is well within the realms of possibility. As tensions escalate, will they explode into traditional military conflict? Or – almost as frightening – will countries wall off their internets, bringing the dream of an global, open worldwide web to an end?

To discuss this pressing topic, Intelligence Squared are bringing together a panel of the world’s top intelligence professionals and cyber experts, including former Director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan, who significantly ramped up the spying agency’s focus on cyber threats, and has described large tech companies as being ‘the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals’. Joining him on stage will be Oxford professor and internationally renowned cyber security specialist Sadie Creese, who was an adviser to the government’s recent defence review of the ‘internet of things’.

How should the West respond to cyber aggression from hostile states? In the new fog of cyberwar, terror, crime and state hostility are all intermingled on the same battlefield. How do governments and international institutions set about regulating this incredibly complex new landscape? Join us on October 23rd, and have your chance to put your questions to our star panel.