International communities must work together in order to combat cybercrime and cyber warfare, according to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Commenting on current global security threats during CYBERUK, the UK Government’s flagship cyber security event this week, the agency’s CEO, Ciaran Martin, described cyber security as an “international team sport”.
CYBERUK, hosted by the NCSC, is taking place at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre on April 24th and 25th.
The conference includes a discussion on internationally shared cyber threats with Five Eyes, the intelligence alliance between the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, which helps share information to keep its citizens as safe as possible from threats.
Martin said: “We’re delighted to host allies from around the world in this public way to discuss how we best defend from common adversaries.
“Cyber attacks do not respect international boundaries, and many of the threats and vulnerabilities we face are shared around the globe.
“Each nation has sovereignty to defend itself as it sees best fit, but it’s vital that we work closely with our allies to make the world as safe as possible.”
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the UK is one of the leading cyber powers in the world – but added that cyber crime is a global threat that needs a global response.
He said: “That’s why we are working closely with our allies across the globe to deter and tackle cyber threats, share information and respond in a coordinated way to impose a price on malicious cyber activity.
“I am delighted to see 2,500 cyber security experts at CYBERUK in Glasgow, working to make cyberspace free, open, peaceful and secure.”