Cyber Security

Cyber-security threats are becoming more and more significant, not only for states, but also for companies and individuals. The UK is now facing cyber-attacks on an unprecedented scale and they continue to increase, ranging in sophistication from low-end criminal activity to highly-sophisticated operations. Terrorists now have no need to use nuclear bombs, since cyber-attacks on nuclear power stations potentially could have devastating effects, as suggested by the Fukushima accident last year. John Bassett argues that there are three priorities: people, partnerships and network defence. People in industry, academia, the military and the public sector all have a role to play. Industry can provide vital coaching and assistance. A strong focus by universities on cyber issues is important for raising awareness and changing attitudes. Effective government partnerships with industry, and cyber-relationships with other governments, are also essential to enhance security. Shuichi Uchikoga will illustrate how industry is dealing with cyber-security issues by explaining the concept of Smart Community. Various parts of our social infrastructure are linked together by information technology. Although there are advantages to these networks, it is also crucial that they are protected from cyber-attacks. Dr. Uchikoga will talk about security initiatives in this area and recommend the use of systems based on the new technology of quantum cryptography. The seminar will be chaired by Professor Anthony Glees of the University of Birmingham.

Contributors: John Bassett OBE, Dr Shuichi Uchikoga, Professor Anthony Glees (Chair)

Date: 30 October 2012, 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13 – 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP. Nearest tube: Baker Street
Tel: 020 7486 4348
Organiser: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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