Keynote Roundup: The Right Honourable Lord Hague of Richmond

Infosecurity Europe

Keynote Roundup: The Right Honourable Lord Hague of Richmond, Former Leader of the Conservative Party, Former Foreign Secretary

Missed The Right Honourable Lord Hague of Richmond’s keynote on Privacy vs Security: Reducing the Tension Between National Security, Privacy & Information Security? Not to worry, here’s an overview of all the key points.



What was covered in your Infosecurity Europe keynote?

  • A look at information, security and privacy.

What were the key points the audience took away from your session?

  • Insights from my time in government when we were trying to wake up British companies to the threat of cyber attacks.
  • Industry has now engaged heavily in cyber security but will need to keep up every day with new mutating and developing forms of threat.
  • The balance between privacy and security. In Apple versus FBI, what is the right answer? There are really strong arguments on both sides.
  • In the end we can’t have an absolute right to keep things private and secret in a world where we have to enforce the law, find the criminal network or the terrorist cell.
  • That means in the end parliaments, governments and the public are going to insist on the ability to do so.
  • Tech companies and others should prepare themselves for it ending up in that place.

What are your recommendations for anyone out there addressing this issue?

  • It’s very important that this is not just about systems and technology, although that is very important, it’s also about how individuals operate in every company.
  • So many breaches of information security are about human error rather than about a system going wrong.
  • That requires a culture, training, it requires peer pressure, a esprit de corps within a company to not be the one who lets the side down, to implement procedures properly and understand the importance of information security.
  • Hopefully the industry can emphasise that and emphasise working in partnership with government.
  • There are important questions; are an individual’s rights more important than the rights of the state, but actually on most issues the state and the individual have the same interests in keeping each other secure.

How do you think this issue will develop over the next 12 months?

  • Over the next 12 months this will become an even more prominent issue, amongst the public and companies.
  • How to maintain information security; the escalating trend of attacks on that security means there will be more and more high profile issues.
  • Therefore, there will be more parliamentary and legal debate about whether all attacks have to be disclosed in all cases and how we maintain the security of the country in an age of growing encryption. 

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