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Home Secretary Priti Patel and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will be among the guest speakers at the UK government’s flagship cybersecurity event CyberUK, taking place on May 11 and 12, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced. Jeremy Fleming, director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), will also address the event, as will a range of high-profile speakers working in cybersecurity in both the UK and overseas. These will include representatives from leading cybersecurity and tech vendors such as Microsoft, FireEye and Palo Alto Networks.

Delivered by the NCSC, this year’s event will, for the first time, be entirely virtual and held via a dedicated YouTube channel. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 social restrictions in place in the UK. The overarching theme of this year’s event is “Building a resilient and prosperous digital UK following COVID-19.”

“CyberUK 2021 looks at some of the key challenges faced through the COVID-19 pandemic where the NCSC, in partnership with domestic and international partners, led the way in protecting the NHS and those developing vaccines and medical interventions,” the NCSC wrote in an e-bulletin sent to event registrants.

The event will explore how the UK can recover from the pandemic and build a resilient and prosperous digital community, considering future technologies which will transform the way we live and work online over the next decade, it added. “We will bring together key players from government, national security, industry and academia to deliver world class content, cementing the UK’s position as a responsible and democratic cyber power, able to protect and promote our interests in and through cyberspace, and strengthen the UK cyber ecosystem.” The event will feature a mixture of live and pre-recorded keynotes and panels.

Speaking ahead of the event, NCSC CEO Lindy Cameron said that CyberUK has become a key date in the UK cybersecurity calendar, bringing together thought leaders and technical professionals to share ideas. “Hosting CyberUK in a fully digital format for the first time gives us a chance to widen participation in what has become a globally important cybersecurity event,” she added. “The virtual event will allow participants to access world-class expertise in the cybersecurity landscape and discuss how the UK can continue to defend itself from threats online.”

There will be talks on cyberthreat trends, active cyber defence tools and services, and securing cyber innovation and growth, among various other topics. “Whether you’re a cybersecurity leader, risk owner, professional or perhaps just an interested citizen, there will be something of interest for you on the agenda,” she said.

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