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Cyber 2012 Web ImageCyber space is often described as being 'without borders', a new landscape and new domain where traditional geopolitical barriers no longer exist. But what does this mean for the traditional political, military and trade alliances between nations?

Current cyber alliances have tended to adhere to long-established geopolitical boundaries - and have seen the UK aligned with its traditional allies through membership of groups such as NATO, the EU, 'Five Eyes'  and the Commonwealth. Will these sustain into the future or are new alliances and partnerships likely to emerge? What is the role of organisations such as the International Telecommunications Union and the Internet Governance Forum in shaping the future of these relationships?

Building on research work RUSI carried out in 2011, and discussions that will take place at the international cyber security conference in Budapest in October, this two-day conference will examine the UK's existing and emerging international relations in cyberspace. It will question who our future cyber allies and economic partners might be and will highlight opportunities for UK influence and investment in developing markets.

Confirmed participants include:

  • James Quinault, Director, Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA), Cabinet Office
  • Dr Victoria Baines, Strategic Advisor (Cyber Crime), Europol
  • David Pollington, Director of International Security Relations, Microsoft
  • John Lyons, Chief Executive, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA)
  • Oliver Hoare, Head of Olympic Information Assurance and Information Security, Government Olympic Executive
  • Christopher Ong Siu Jin, Deputy Public Prosecutor, Economic Crimes and Governance Division, Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore
  • Cristiano Lincoln Mattos, CEO, Tempest Security Intelligence
  • Gordon Morrison, Director of Defence and Security, Intellect
  • Timothy L Thomas, Analyst, Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Mike StJohn-Green, Former Government Cyber Security Advisor
  • Professor Pythagoras Petratos, Said Business School, Inversity of Oxford
  • Hugh Eaton, Defence and Intelligence Director, CISCO
  • Jamie Saunders, Director of International Cyber Policy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Koen Gijsbers, General Manager, NATO Communications and Information Agency
  • Andy Archibald, Deputy Director Cyber and Forensics, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
  • Group Captain Jonathan Burr, Deputy Director, Cyber Policy & Plans, Ministry of Defence

Discussion topics will include:

International governance
What should form the baseline for international cooperation and discussion in cyberspace: crime prevention, international development, human rights or shared defence?

Protection and defence of cyberspace
How should cyber space be policed, and by whom? Who will become the international peacekeepers of the internet?

Influence and investment
How can the UK build influence and investment opportunities in emerging markets? UK cyber relationships with India and Africa in particular will be discussed.

Redefining the cyber landscape
How do traditional state alliances play out in cyberspace? Who would be our key allies in a cyber war, or our partners in a cyber trade conference?

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