Security minister Tom Tugendhat addresses cyber chiefs in Parliament

Left to Right: Security Minister Tom Tugendhat and Paul Scully, Digital Minister

CYBER industry leaders gathered in Parliament last night for a special briefing on the UK’s national security strategy from Tom Tugendhat, Minister of State for Security.

The event, chaired by Steven George-Hilley of Centropy PR and Ben Howlett of Chamber UK, saw fifteen senior executives from the UK cyber security and defence industry share their thoughts and insights with the ministerial team.

Mr Tugendhat warned attendees about the growing threat posed to national security by cyber crime, online fraud and deepfakes. 

Also in attendance was Paul Scully Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, who gave delegates an update on the UK’s AI and tech strategy. Mr Scully called on industry leaders to do more to drive growth across Britain’s booming tech and fintech sector.

Suid Adeyanju, CEO of cyber consultancy RiverSafe said: “The rise of AI combined with an increased cyber threat poses huge risks to national security, so it’s great to see ministers engaging with industry to tackle these challenges.” Meanwhile

Andy Ward, VP at Absolute Software added: “It’s vital that public sector policy makers and ministers work hand-in-hand with cyber specialist firms to reduce endpoint breaches and improve our national cyber resilience strategy.”

The event comes ahead of next month’s Global AI Summit, hosted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and expected to attract world leaders who are keen to discuss the threat posed by AI.

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