How to behave in cyberspace

The Government (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) is hosting The London Conference (1-2 November) which will launch a focused and inclusive dialogue to help guide the behaviour of all in cyberspace.

The aims & focus of the conference are on economic growth and development, social benefits, cyber crime, safe and reliable access, and international security.

Attendees will include William Hague the foreign secretary, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, European commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Cisco vice president Brad Boston. Representatives from China Russia India & most other major governments are expected to participate.

Gathering together the various quotes outside The Times paywall, following an article there today, reveals these pre conference inputs:

Ian Lobban -  Director of Communications – GCHQ

“The volume of e-crime and attacks on government and industry systems continue to be disturbing,”

“I can attest to attempts to steal British ideas and designs — in the IT, technology, defence, engineering and energy sectors as well as other industries — to gain commercial advantage or to profit from secret knowledge of contractual arrangements.”

“Such intellectual property theft doesn’t just cost the companies concerned; it represents an attack on the UK’s continued economic wellbeing,”

There has been “one significant (but unsuccessful) attempt on the Foreign Office and other government departments this summer”

“Cyberspace is going to be one of the great challenges of our day,”

William Hague

“Together we must begin to address how we can maintain the economic and social benefits of the internet and guard against the criminal and security cyber threats without suffocating future innovation,”

“It will be harder for businesses to grow and survive and for individuals to maintain their confidential information, That is why it is urgent to prevent this.”

There has been an “exponential rise” in incidents, with systems and databases “liable to attack”

GCHQ’s counterpart in the United States is the National Security Agency. The UK government is likely to publish its cyberspace strategy later in November following the conference.

We will attempt to update you on the significant progress and outcomes of the conference.

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