Technology without borders: how to assert sovereignty in a connected world

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In an era of continuing technological transformation and highly dynamic global networks, the complex challenges facing UK information flow across borders and equipment/system supply sovereignty are a critical element of national security.

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About the event

Critical Defence and Security equipment/infrastructure and their components are increasingly being procured from non-sovereign sources. This is being driven by: costs; the need to inter-operate with partners; technology advancements and sharing.

However, the non-sovereign procurement could leave countries vulnerable and locked in to potentially unfriendly powers. Are we comfortable having the supply of key technologies and systems in the hands of those we cannot control? Are commercial arrangements enough?

This Security & Defence SIG event will analyse the impact of the connected world on technological sovereignty, discussing how can we objectively assess this risk and what strategies should we employ to minimise the risk dependent upon the degree of criticality.

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Co-organised by The KTN

The KTN is the UK'S innovation network.

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Registration and networking over lunch


Introduction to Security & Defence SIG from Paul Tindall, Sepura


Welcome from our partner, Mark Littlewood, Head of Sensor Systems, The KTN


Welcome from our host, Elle Todd of Olswang LLP


Overview and scene setting - How does technology affect our national security?; David Chater-Lea of Motorola Solutions

Emergency services, power, defence, communications and transport


The future problem - Virtualisation moves technology beyond national boundaries; Tim Phipps of Cambridge Consultants

Increasing abstraction of technology innovation away from fixed hardware implementations allows for greater portability and less control. (Internet, Cloud, OTT, NFV).


Complication - The supply chain is more complicated than you'd think; Paul Tindall of Sepura

What is really inside your technology product. China manufacturing, India software, US radio, UK user interface. Talk about the need to control key, strategic components.


Possible resolution - Commercial technology Euros Davies of Airwave

For emergency services communications you could build and control your own network (Airwave), or
you could hope to reuse a commercial network (ESN). Discusses the key considerations for ESN users.


Possible resolution - Regulation will control technology flows; Tim Phipps of Cambridge Consultants

We can restrict leakage of innovation by export control. (But this can be just a limit on free trade). National laws can control the technology used within our borders.


International data flows in a post Snowden era; Elle Todd, International media and technology lawyer, Olswang LLP

Elle will look at what sovereignty means post-Snowden. How are the balances of power and tensions
between surveillance and privacy, economic growth and terrorist fears shaping up and how is this affecting data flows over national boundaries? What is motivating the latest developments in international data issues and what might a ‘post post-Snowden’ era look like?




A view from the Cabinet Office; Dr Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient ICT Strategy, Cabinet Office


Security assurance – ways, means & outcomes; Paul Thorlby, CTO Security (Cyber Information & Training Division), Qinetiq

Traditional approaches to security assurance tend to focus on providing inputs to an assurance method, rather that the assurance outcomes sought. These approaches often do not scale well, nor do they work well in practice with complex global supply chains. Exploring security assurance in outcome terms (what am I trying to achieve) and that seeks to align incentives, may open up new and more effective approaches. The talk will also share some learning points from a novel approach developed for providing information security assurance for a national scale radio network.




Refreshments & Networking


End-to-end cyber security management; Dave Francis, Cyber Security Officer, Huawei UK

The thrust of the talk will be as follows: There is no such thing as a European, American or Chinese
product as all products are constructed from the global supply chain. Management of supplier processes is as important as internal processes due to the volume of 3rd party components used in modern products. Transparency is essential to trust. The danger of confusing security with the illusion of. We need to collaborate across all sectors. How we are keen to share our experience and hear the experiences of others.


Skating on quicksand; Peter Davies, Technical Director, Thales e-Security

This talk will discuss the types of security that can reasonably be expected to be implemented over the top of untrusted networks together with an analysis of some of those that cannot. It will discuss the types of solution that might be necessary in order to successfully implement a security solution over the top of an untrusted network and the types of threats that implementing such a solution might introduce.






Open Forum/debate with all speakers and The KTN chaired by Paul Tindall of Sepura


Closing Remarks from Paul Tindall of Sepura


Complete Feedback forms and Event Closes


Nigel Brown - Lead for Resilent ICT Strategy, Cabinet Office

Peter Davies - Director, Thales

David Francis - Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer, Huawei Technologies (UK)

Paul Thorlby - CTO Security, QinetiQ

Elle Todd

SIG Champions

Phil Burr - Product Marketing Manager, Arm

Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.

Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Derek Long - Head of Telecoms & Mobile, Cambridge Consultants

As head of telecoms and mobile at Cambridge Consultants, Derek leads the company’s collaboration within the sector. Central to Derek’s role at Cambridge Consultants is helping create breakthrough innovation that transforms the delivery of high-performance communication for their partners; from mobile carriers and ISPs, to vendors and component manufacturers. With over 20 years’ experience in mobile technology, Derek has held a range of multinational senior management roles and has a wealth of expertise across all generations of mobile and broadband technology, including LTE-A and 5G. Derek holds a PhD in telecommunications from the University of Bristol.

Tim Phipps - Technical Marketing Manager, Solarflare

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. As Technical Marketing Manager at Solarflare, Tim works to conceive and realise the components that will make the internet faster, secure and more reliable. He has worked on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular from GSM to LTE. His experience includes working as a development engineer, project management, business development and product marketing.

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Olswang LLP, 90 High Holborn, Greater London, WC1V 6XX

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