Directions for the next National Cyber Security Strategy

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Directions for the next National Cyber Security Strategy

24th February 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Since the last National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) has been established, the world has endured global cyber attacks in WannaCry and Not-Petya, financial losses to cyber crime have ballooned and show no signs of slowing down.


There is a clear and present need for a new generation of NCSS, but what directions should UK policy take? Should resilience remain the goal, or is there a renewed opportunity in international diplomacy? Should the UK talk about Offensive Cyber in the strategy? How should the strategy coordinate the now many governmental departments operating in cyber security?


The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to a timely discussion with Erika Lewis, Dr Hugo Rosemont and Dr Joseph Devanny on the end of the current NCSS and what directions are open for the UK as it builds its new cyber security strategy.


Erika Lewis joined DCMS in 2018 to deliver the National Data Strategy, in addition she was responsible for Data Policy and Ethics. In December 2019 Erika was appointed Director, Cyber Security and Digital Identity. Erika was a founding member of London Government, moving from the voluntary sector to join the set-up team in the London Development Agency in April 2000. At the LDA she delivered regeneration programmes across London, in particular working with the Finsbury Park Partnership and on the Olympic Park delivery programme. Subsequently the Director of Strategy at the LDA, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy. In 2012, Erika became a Project Director at the Competition and Markets Authority where she delivered two merger investigations and led the Private Motor Insurance and Energy Market Investigation.


Dr Hugo Rosemont was appointed Defence and National Security Policy Manager for Amazon Web Services in August 2020. Outside AWS, Hugo has served since March 2017 as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Defence (CDS) within the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. Previously, Hugo served as Director – Security and Resilience at the ADS group, the UK’s premier trade organisation for the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries; as Policy Adviser on Crime and Security issues at the British Retail Consortium (BRC); and as Teaching Fellow and Assistant Director at CDS. Earlier in his career, he served at ADS for the first time as Policy Adviser, and as Security Executive at the winning London 2012 Olympic bid team. Hugo was awarded his PhD from King’s in April 2015 with a thesis that reassessed the origins, characteristics and consequences of the private sector’s involvement in the UK counter-terrorism strategy after 9/11. He also holds Masters degrees in European Politics from London Birkbeck University and International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews.



Dr Joe Devanny is a Lecturer in the Department of War Studies. Prior to this appointment, he was programme director for security at Ridgeway Information. Before this, Joe was a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) at the Policy Institute, King’s College London (KCL). His postdoctoral research was conducted at the Institute for Government and the Policy Institute at King’s, on the AHRC-funded Contemporary History of Whitehall project. Prior to postdoctoral research, Joe worked briefly in academic publishing and, before that, for the UK Government. He holds a PhD in political theory from the University of Cambridge, as well as degrees in European Studies and Political Science.


Dr Danny Steed is a research fellow who is particularly engaged in the Henry Jackson Society’s Centre for Cyber, Data, and Online Threats. Previously Danny was Lecturer in Strategy and Defence at the University of Exeter, where he created and delivered numerous courses specialising in national security strategy to student, professional, and military cadres. Danny has also worked in UK government service in an operational cyber security capacity.  Since then, Danny has been in private industry as a Head of Strategy. During that time, he avidly continued his own scholarship, as a visiting fellow to both the University of Cranfield and the Cyber Norms Program at the University of Leiden in 2019, and continuing to contribute to taught courses, publications and academic events.
Frequently requested as a public speaker, Danny’s most notable keynote address was delivered at the Dutch government’s One Conference 2019 in The Hague, where he spoke on the future generations of cyber security strategies. He is the author of two books, British Strategy and Intelligence in the Suez Crisis, and The Politics and Technology of Cyberspace, published by Palgrave in 2016 and Routledge in 2019 respectively.

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24th February 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Erika Lewis, Dr Hugo Rosemont, Dr Joe Devanny, Dr Danny Steed


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