Army Counter-Intelligence and Security Conference Blog

Posted by Tilly White | 04-Mar-2024 09:50:42

On Wednesday 28 February 2024, Chief Disruptor held the Army Counter Intelligence and Security Conference at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre. At the conference Chief Disruptor members, representatives from across the MOD, as well as leaders from across industry converged to discuss the evolving landscape of security and the strategies needed to navigate it effectively.

In today's digital age, where cyber threats loom large and security breaches are a constant concern, staying ahead of the curve is not just desirable, it is imperative. The conference kicked off with a clear vision set by the Army: to cultivate a robust organisational culture that prioritises security across all operational domains. The Army speakers emphasised the importance of integrating security into every facet of the Army’s operations to safeguard personnel, information, and assets in the face of sophisticated threats. The conference opened with a resounding call for vigilance, underscoring the critical role security plays in ensuring operational effectiveness. Central to the discussions was the Army's Security Plan, which advocates for a comprehensive approach that encompasses the entire force and government agencies. 

Insights from key speakers provided valuable perspectives on the evolving threat landscape and the imperative for a unified approach to cyber-security. Speakers shared insights into the multifaceted challenges posed by geopolitical, environmental, and economic factors. Their remarks underscored the need for robust security measures across all operational domains, with an emphasis on proactive risk management and preparedness. Throughout the conference, participants engaged in discussions spanning a wide range of security topics, including personnel security, physical security, cyber-security, and resilience. Breakout sessions provided opportunities to delve deeper into specific issues and explore innovative approaches to addressing emerging threats.

A recurring theme throughout the conference was the importance of cultivating a security-centric culture within organisations. Participants stressed that security is not merely a function but a mindset that should permeate every aspect of organisational culture. Embracing secure-by-design principles and fostering a culture of vigilance and collaboration are essential for fortifying defences in an increasingly digital world.

Industry perspectives from organisations including conference partners Babcock, Global EMC, Varonis, Tanium, Capgemini, Cellebrite, Everfox, and BT offered valuable insights into emerging threats and innovative tools to combat them. Collaborative efforts between industry and government were highlighted as essential for tackling complex security challenges. Participants emphasised the importance of continuous improvement in security architecture and the need for ongoing collaboration and information sharing.

There was a key theme of unity, vigilance, and adaptability as significant factors in the face of these evolving threats. By embracing innovation, fostering a culture of security, and forging strong partnerships, the Army can ensure that it remains resilient in the face of emerging security challenges. 


Click here to view the slides from the day.

Click here to view a redacted copy of the Army Security Plan which was released on the day.


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Written by Tilly White

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