Cyberspace and the National Security of the United Kingdom

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Full Title of Reference

Cyberspace and the National Security of the United Kingdom - Threats and Responses

Full Citation

Paul Cornish, Rex Hughes and David Livingstone Cyberspace and the National Security of the United Kingdom - Threats and Responses (2009), A Chatham House Report (published by Royal Institute of International Affairs), in conjunction with Deltica, Ltd.




Issues: Threats and Actors, Government Organization, Public-Private Cooperation, Regulation/Liability

Key Words

State Affiliation Civilian Participation Computer Network Attack Organized Crime National Security


This report forms the first part of a major project on cybersecurity undertaken by Chatham House in conjunc- tion with Detica Ltd. The project aims to engage govern- ment, private-sector, academic and other specialists in high-level analysis of cybersecurity chal lenges and responses.

Where cyberspace and national security are concerned, there is a disconnect between technology and public policy which this project seeks to bridge. Science and technology should be more closely informed by public policy, while a technologically informed political leadership should be better placed to meet the cybersecurity challenge. This project will provide a forum for constructive exchange in which the possibilities and limitations of technology can be fully explored, and in which the parameters of public policy-making can be more closely understood by those charged with developing the technological dimensions of security policy.

The project comprises a series of reports. This first report identifies the central features of the cybersecurity challenge and examines innovative methodologies for threat analysis and response. Future reports will address the specific demands of national cybersecurity policy, the requirement for international cooperation, and the balance to be struck between safety and security on the one hand, and privacy and liberty on the other.

Additional Notes and Highlights

Dr Paul Cornish holds the Carrington Chair in International Security at Chatham House, where he directs the International Security Programme. He was educated at the University of St Andrews, the London School of Economics, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the University of Cambridge. He has served in the British Army and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has taught at the UK Joint Staff College and at the University of Cambridge, and was previously Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London. His research interests include European security and defence institu- tions, arms control and non-proliferation, counter- terrorism and domestic security.

Dr Rex Hughes is a Research Associate at the Cambridge- MIT Institute where he examines the global governance challenges of cybersecurity. He was educated at the Universities of Washington and Cambridge. He founded and directed the world’s first multidisciplinary Internet Studies programme at the University of Washington. Working in partnership with IBM-Lotus, Dr Hughes led the development of iEnvoy, the first secure diplomat-to- diplomat Internet communications platform deployed by the US Department of State.

David Livingstone MBE DSC is the Managing Partner of Morgan Aquila LLP, which provides consultancy in business transformation in the anti-terrorism domain, focusing on the benefits derived from multi-agency inte- gration. During 21 years in the Royal Navy he was variously a helicopter pilot, minesweeper captain and staff officer with the Flag Officer Naval Aviation. He is a graduate of the Army Staff College Camberley and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has written a number of papers on counter-terrorism and resilience, and is a regular media commentator. Mr Livingstone is an Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme at Chatham House.