Cyber security and information resilience are essential to UK national security and socio-economic prosperity, particularly in light of evolving technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems. The need for cross-cutting knowledge, skills and capability to strengthen all security objectives was declared in the UK Government’s 2010 National Security Strategy as a prerequisite to achieving its objectives.

This means that businesses and organisations must be aware of the vulnerabilities in their systems and the threats that they face and that individuals must also play a part in maintaining and promoting cyber security. As a nation, the UK needs actively to confront prospective cyber threats and identify opportunities – in the midst of such vulnerabilities and risks – to grow its international competitiveness in cyber security.

SSE aims to bring experts from different sectors together to connect local cyber security concerns and skills with the wider national priorities in this area. Current and future challenges, synergies and solutions will be discussed in order to promote and embed cyber security across the south east region of England. The intention is to contribute to an emerging network of collaborative cyber security initiatives, such as Secure South West in Plymouth, a similar venture in the south west area, and the Solent Cyber Security Cluster.