‘Cybersecurity’: The ultimate misnomer?


Edward Lucas

TIME: 12:00-13:00, Thursday 8th October 2015
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Edward Lucas, senior editor, The Economist

To attend please RSVP to: researchassistant7@henryjacksonsociety.org    


With the world becoming ever more digital and citizens relying on technology on a daily basis, security breaches have catastrophic effects. In the past year, we have seen institutions such as Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the US to Sony Pictures Entertainment and Ashley Madison lose huge amounts of data. Edward Lucus in his new book “Cyberphobia” discusses ways in which cyberspace is not the secure zone we may hope, how passwords provide no significant obstacle to anyone intent on getting past them, and how anonymity is easily accessible to anyone.

This event will hear from Edward Lucas and his thought provoking and timely discussion on the dangers of the internet, defence cyber-strategies, and the impact this will have on future communication.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Edward Lucas, who will be discussing his latest book Cyberphobia. Please RSVP to researchassistant7@henryjacksonsociety.org   Please note RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation which will be required to attend the event.


Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly. His expertise includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, Russian foreign and security policy and the politics and economics of Eastern Europe.

He is also a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

In 2008 he wrote The New Cold War, a prescient account of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In 2011 he wrote Deception, an investigative account of east-west espionage. A forthcoming book is on cyber-security. He has also contributed to books on religion and media ethics.

An experienced broadcaster, public speaker, moderator and panelist, Edward Lucas has given public lectures at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities. He is a regular contributor to the BBC’s Today and Newsnight programmes, and to NPR, CNN and Sky News. He is regularly cited by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 Twitterati.

For many years a foreign correspondent, he was based in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states. He is currently in London, as the energy editor at The Economist, where he also writes obituaries. His weekly column for European Voice (Brussels) has appeared since 2005; he also writes for the Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Foreign Policy and Standpoint.

As well as working for the Independent, the BBC and the Sunday Times, he also co-founded an English-language weekly in Tallinn, Estonia: the Baltic Independent. His undergraduate degree is from the London School of Economics and he speaks five languages — German, Russian, Polish, Czech and Lithuanian.


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