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Date:  19-20 October 2016    
Location: Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ

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The second International Cyber Symposium will be co-hosted at Church House by the Royal United Services Institute and the Ministry of Defence.

Following the success of last year’s Symposium hosted by France at the École Militaire in Paris, ‘Digital Combat at the Heart of Military Operations’, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, is keen to continue the momentum with this two day conference.

Entitled, ‘Cyberspace and the Transformation of 21st Century Warfare’, the symposium will explore how the integration of cyberspace into current operational practices and broader national strategy is a challenge faced by all nations. The symposium will provide a platform to look at best practice and the development of norms for future action.

The symposium will be attended by a broad cross section of the Cyber community, with multi-national panels, composed of senior military officers, representatives from industry and academia. The Ministry of Defence has invited officials from over 30 nations, to ensure a diverse and challenging audience.

The Symposium will also highlight the RUSI Cyber Security Research themes for the coming year.

The program will cover the following themes:

Session One: How should military objectives and capabilities be integrated into National Cyber Strategy?

Understanding how the military instrument can contribute to the delivery of national cyber strategies including both the functions of defending the nation and projecting national power.

Session Two: What is the nature of future threat in cyberspace?

Assessing the evidence for how state and non-state actors are currently and will in the future make use of cyberspace for the delivery of tactical and strategic effects, and the implications for the development of military capabilities.

Session Three: How should nations and their militaries consider legality, norms, behaviours and practice when operating in cyberspace?

Moving beyond the Tallinn Manual to consider the contemporary operating environment in cyberspace, and developments towards a normative framework and international law.

Session Four: How can governments and defence departments work effectively with industry?

Discussing the ways in which industry can contribute to the development of military operations in and through cyberspace, including situational awareness, resilience against cyber-attack and the delivery of effect.

Session Five: What are the practical challenges presented by developments in cyberspace for military capability?

Considering the range of challenges for the conduct of military operations in cyberspace, including:  cost/benefit analysis against traditional capabilities; building an appropriately skilled workforce; and the implications for other capability areas such as intelligence and electronic warfare.

Session Six: How Do We Integrate Cyber Capabilities into Full Spectrum Operations?

Focusing on operators’ perspectives on the challenges of integrating operations in cyberspace and the delivery of full spectrum opportunities and capabilities.

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