CBN Newsletter – June 2024

Our monthly update to bring you the relevant, high-level policy and business news from across the cyber sector.

This month we take a look back at our relaunch event at the end of April, update you on the latest election developments and give you a breakdown of the recent McPartland review into ‘Cyber Security and Economic Growth’ .

If you have any questions about the content, or believe we should add to our coverage, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Prime Minister calls surprise General Election
On the 4th July UK voters will head to the ballot box to vote in the 2024 General Election. Labour is currently polling strongly with an estimated 45% vote share and expected to win a significant majority after nearly fifteen years of Conservative government.

The campaign will focus on bread and butter issues like the economy and security with cyber unlikely to be front and centre, but a week and a half in to the campaign and cyber has been raised by both Conservatives and Labour – the former as part of a new National Service policy, the latter as part of their defence review as Labour commit to a strategic defence review in the first year of government. Aside from the parties, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy called for the PM to defend UK democracy, raising several concerns about the potential threats posed by foreign nations that may undermine the outcome of the election. The NCSC also recently launched a personal protection service for election candidates and officials, as part of a wider package of cyber support.

McPartland Review into Cyber Security and Economic Growth
Stephen McPartland MP published his final report and recommendations, the McPartland Review of Cyber Security and Economic Growth.

The report identifies 16 high-level “non-legislative” recommendations which span investment, skills, resilience and governance, crime and net zero.” Some recommendations include: 

Although “warmly welcomed” by Government, it cannot be officially published until after the election due to the dissolution of Parliament and the purdah period, and there are questions around its implementation under a new government.

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Cyber UK 2024
CyberUK, the UK government’s “flagship” cyber security event, took place in Birmingham last week. Notably, the DSIT Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Sadiq Bhatti MP, made a range of announcements, including a call for views on the new Code of Practice on the Cyber Security of AI & Software Vendors; the future direction of CyberFirst; and figures of growth in the UK cyber security sector.  

The figures, which constitute a cyber security sectoral analysis, find that the total annual revenue within the sector has increased by 13% in the past year – considerably higher than the slower growth in the previous study (3%) – and that the sector has grown by 5%, adding 2,700 new jobs. In addition, they estimate total GVA for the sector has reached c. £6.5 bn, reflecting an increase of 4% since last year’s study.  

Other speeches:  

Note: due to the election, the announcements made by the Minister may not be carried through by the next Parliament. We will share an update when possible, but please get in touch if you have any questions. 

Statement from HM Government on the adoption of UK Cyber Security Council standards
The government committed to strengthening standards by embedding UK Cyber Security Council standards across its cyber workforce by 2025. This includes defining necessary competencies, introducing training programs, and encouraging skill improvement. Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) regulators will recognise these standards and collaborate with the government. The Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP) will support the Council with industry backing.

Cybersecurity of elections
briefing from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) examines the impacts of cyber threats on election outcomes and mitigation strategies. It highlights the evolving nature of these threats, including misinformation and AI-generated content, and identifies risks such as ransomware, data leaks, and attacks on high-profile individuals. The briefing also outlines relevant cybersecurity policies, challenges in addressing these risks, and suggestions for preventing cyber attacks.

NCSC updates – May 2024

UK not heeding warning over China threat, says ex-cybersecurity chief.

Ciaran Martin, former head of the NCSC, warned that the UK isn’t taking the threat of Chinese cyber-spying seriously enough, citing US warnings about Chinese hackers targeting critical infrastructure. He urged the UK to declare attacks on civilian infrastructure as unacceptable and called for stronger government action. Martin supports proposed measures for mandatory ransomware attack reporting and regulating ransom payments, emphasising increased vigilance against this threat.

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NCC Group: Digital Dawn: Cyber Security Policy in the Wake of Political Change
The NCC Group released a new cyber policy report for incoming (and existing) governments and policymakers across the world their roles in securing cyberspace, highlighting challenges and opportunities. 

Opportunities include cross-party agreement on cybersecurity’s importance, strong existing regulations, and a “whole-of-society” approach. Challenges involve limited resources, lack of specific responsibility, keeping up with emerging technology, and protecting smaller organisations.

One in three organisations looking to improve cybersecurity 
According to research from Daisy Corporate Services, while almost two-thirds of UK organisations are likely to be looking to reduce costs over the course of this year, leaders are prepared to invest in services such as cloud and cybersecurity, as they look to unlock operational performance improvements and streamline their current technology supply chain. 

70% of CISOs concerned about material cyber attack
Chief information security officers around the globe “are nervously looking over the horizon,” according to a survey of 1,600 CISOs with more than two thirds (70 percent) concerned their organisation is at risk of a material cyber attack over the next 12 months. 

These figures are striking. highlighting an increase from 48% in 2022, with those in South Korea, Canada and the US most concerned. 43% of those surveyed said their organisation is not prepared for a cyber attack. 

The network aims to unite the UK’s cybersecurity sector against rising threats through its three pillars: Trade & Export, Government & Policy, and Market Insights.

Today, the newly founded Cybersecurity Business Network (CBN) announces the launch of its community, aiming to drive positive change within the UK cybersecurity sector amid the increasingly complex cyber threat landscape. The inaugural event of the CBN was held on 30 April, during which the Right Honourable Stephen McPartland MP discussed the independent review on ‘Cyber Security and Economic Growth’.

“With over 99% of UK businesses classified as SMEs, cybersecurity must be simplified to ensure safety throughout the supply chains. It’s time to change the narrative around cybersecurity, viewing it not just as a security measure, but as a driver for resilience, trust, job creation and, ultimately, as an enabler of growth,” noted McPartland.

“Establishing the CBN is a necessary step forward in an era of escalating cyber threats, continuing to strengthen the UK’s position as one of the tech superpowers.”

The CBN’s core mission is to facilitate collaboration, learning, and discourse across three pillars: Trade and Export, Policy, and Market Intelligence. By empowering its members to showcase their expertise, engage strategically with stakeholders, and foster lasting partnerships across key sectors, the CBN aims to drive policy influence and catalyse innovation within the UK cybersecurity sector.

“With the emergence of new threats and a rise to prominence of malicious nation state actors, it is important that the cybersecurity sector engages with the Government to ensure that effective cybersecurity solutions are understood and utilised as an enabler across both the public and private sectors,” said Nick Lansman, Co-Founder at Cybersecurity Business Network.

“The event was a great example of how industry and government can come together to discuss how this vibrant sector enables economic growth and resilience for the UK as a whole. We’re looking forward to consolidating the UK’s position as the best place in the world for innovative cybersecurity solutions.” 

The event also featured thoughts from other leading voices in the UK cybersecurity sector, including Juliette Wilcox, UK Cyber Ambassador as well as cyber experts from Garrison Technology, Armour Comms and NCC Group.

“As a nation, we need to think more openly about marketing cyber initiatives and UK excellence in cyber, and highlighting these carefully through cybersecurity strategy to proactively drive change in the cybersecurity sector. The CBN will be an instrumental network for UK cybersecurity businesses, acting as a conduit for supporting political cut through,” said Imogen Frearson, Government Engagement Lead and Head of Marketing at Garrison Technology.

The CBN has evolved from the former Transatlantic Cyber Security Business Network (TCBN), which has been rebranded and restructured to tailor services to a predominantly UK membership. For those interested in joining the free membership of CBN or learning more about how they can contribute to and benefit from this initiative, please visit

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Andy Williams outlines his predictions for the cyber market in 2023

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This month, Andy Williams, co-founder of TCBN, discusses the key cyber threats for 2023 with members

Remember when ransomware attacks were a simple case of cyber criminals preventing access to a target’s files until a ransom was paid? Now, as organisations become more adept at protecting themselves from traditional ransomware attacks, cyber criminals are increasingly adopting more aggressive methods to profit from their attacks.

These include developments in which the attackers not only block access to the victim’s files but threaten to publicly release the organisation’s data. They can also add DDOS attacks to encryption and data exposure threats and directly contact individual stakeholders of an organisation whose personal details have been stolen.

The increasing aggression of cyber attackers will need to be matched by increasingly innovative cybersecurity solutions and practices.

Meanwhile, in advance of the widespread emergence of quantum computing, state-based actors and cyber criminals are known to be harvesting large amounts of critical but currently encrypted data from the web via HNDL (harvest now, decrypt later) attacks. These encrypted files are being stored away until the widespread emergence of quantum computing when the massive uplift in processing power it affords will make it quick and easy to decrypt data that is not currently accessible. The US government is sufficiently concerned about this development that it has just passed the Quantum Computing Preparedness Act, which includes a number of measures requiring federal agencies to prepare to address the cyber threats posed by quantum computing and to adopt quantum safe encryption.

Where the government leads in this area, industry must surely follow. Companies need to start preparing plans now to ensure their systems are quantum-safe going forward.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the main concerns facing you and your customers in 2023 – let us know here:

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TCBN and Department for International Trade survey: RSA 2023

In December, the Transatlantic Cyber Security Business Network circulated an Expression of Interest survey to our members to canvass opinions about attendance at RSA 2023.

This year, we are working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to help collect views on how the UK Government can enhance opportunities for companies who plan to visit or exhibit at the conference in San Francisco.

If you are a UK cyber company hoping to attend RSA and are interested in engaging on what form of support and engagement you want to get in April, then please submit your answers to the following:

The survey will remain open for input until 20 January 2023.

As a reminder, for those members attending – RSA will be running their annual Innovation Sandbox Contest, offering cybersecurity’s boldest new innovators to compete and put the spotlight on their potentially game-changing ideas.

In 2023, 10 finalists will again have three-minutes to make their pitch to a panel of judges while demonstrating groundbreaking cybersecurity technologies to the broader RSA Conference community. Since the start of the contest, the top 10 finalists have collectively seen over 73 acquisitions and raised over $11.46 billion in investments.

Submissions will be open from January 10, 2023 through February 10, 2023 at 8 PM PT.

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