14 Sep 2022

Call for Blogs: Cyber Security Campaign Week 2022 #Cyber2022

Monday 10 October to Friday 14 October

We would like to invite you to contribute to techUK’s Cyber Week which this year will centre around the five strategic pillars of the National Cyber Strategy, which was published in December 2021. During the week beginning 10 October 2022, we’ll explore some of the key themes outlined in the Strategy which sets out how the UK will solidify its position as a global cyber power.

Have you got a good story to tell about how your organisation is helping to strengthen the UK cyber ecosystem, or how it’s successfully exporting your cyber solutions and services? Are you developing an industry-leading perspective in a particular cyber technology? Or do you have some ideas about how we can improve understanding of cyber risk or anticipate and tackle cyber threats? Then this is a great opportunity to get the word out!

Each day during the week we’ll explore one of the pillars with blog posts, tweets (#Cyber2022) and case studies centred on each of those themes. This could be a thought leadership blog post (600–800 words), a case study or a video that demonstrates your view on this issue. We’d like to invite you to contribute on one of the topics outlined below. If you wish to contribute to a different topic, we would be more than happy to explore this further with you.

1. Strengthening the UK cyber ecosystem – Pillar 1of the Strategy focuses on investing in the UK’s people and skills and further strengthening the collaboration between government, academia and industry. We’re looking for blogs and case studies which highlight what members are doing that’s contributing to the three objectives set out in this pillar: (1) Strengthening the structures, partnerships and networks necessary to support a whole-of-society approach to cyber; (2) Enhancing and expanding the nation’s cyber skills at every level; and (3) Fostering the growth of a sustainable, innovative and internationally competitive cyber sector.

2. Building a resilient and prosperous digital UK – The concept of cyber resilience in the Strategy has three key aspects: (1) the nature of risk needs to be understood; (2) action is needed to secure systems in order to prevent and resist cyberattacks; and (3) we need to be resilient enough to minimise the impact of, and be able to recover from, the attacks that will still happen.  We’re looking for insights from members around improving the understanding of cyber risk to prevent and resist cyber attacks more effectively, and/or strengthening cyber resilience at national and organisational level.

3. Taking the lead in technologies vital to cyber power - A variety of existing and emerging technologies will be critical to the UK’s cyber power, including 5G and 6G technology; Artificial intelligence (AI); blockchain technology and its applications; semiconductors, microprocessor chips, microprocessor architecture, and their supply chain, design, and manufacturing process; cryptographic authentication; Internet of Things; and quantum technologies. We’d like to hear how members are working with these technologies and/or how this contributes to the Strategy’s objectives.

4. Advancing global leadership and influence – The Strategy states that ‘UK activity in cyberspace and our cyber expertise will also be placed at the heart of delivering the government’s broader foreign policy agenda: we will use them proactively to help achieve an open, secure and prosperous international order.’ One of this pillar’s outcomes is for the UK to be one of the three top global exporters of cyber solutions and cyber expertise. We’re looking for contributions that reflect members’ experiences of exporting their cyber services and/or thoughts on the challenges or priorities when it comes to making sure that the UK cyber industry is ‘go-to’ provide of cyber solutions for foreign government and major commercial clients. 

5. Detecting, disrupting and deterring adversaries – The UK has transformed its approach to mitigating the threat by establishing world class cyber threat detection and analysis capabilities as part of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The UK has also significantly invested in its offensive cyber capabilities through both the National Offensive Cyber Programme and the National Cyber Force while also developing an integrated National Crime Agency (NCA)-led law enforcement response to help prevent attacks and reduce harm. We’d like to hear about the work our members are doing to anticipate and tackle cyber threats which have grown in sophistication, complexity and severity.

How to contribute (including key dates)

Thank you to all who have expressed an interest already. If you would like to contribute, please email Tracy Modha ([email protected]) with your blog idea/working title by COP Friday 30 September.

The deadline for content to be submitted is 12 noon Friday 7 October.

When you submit the blog, please can you also include the name, job title of the author as well as a blog title (max 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use.

You can learn more by reading our contributor guidelines.

If you have any queries or require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Dan Patefield

Dan Patefield

Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK

Jill Broom

Programme Manager, Cyber Security and Central Government, techUK

Tracy Modha

Team Assistant - Markets, techUK

Freddie MacSwiney

Programme Manager - Defence and Cyber, techUK