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On September 13th the CIC National Capital Branch hosted the event, China’s Rising Cyber Power: Assessing the Implications, with Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Video recordings of this event are available at:

http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/episodes/48954235 (CPAC recording)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfhV_s0lsPk&feature=youtu.be (CIC video)

Background information:

China’s emergence as a major global power is reshaping the cyber domain. The country has the world’s largest internet-user community, a growing economic footprint and increasingly capable military and intelligence services. Harnessing these assets, it is pursuing a patient, assertive foreign policy informed by a growing knowledge of how information and communications technologies are governed and deployed. This policy is likely to have a significant impact, with potentially adverse implications for a global order that has been shaped by Western liberal democracies.

Nigel Inkster discussed the evolution of China’s cyber power in the wider context of that country’s struggle to achieve modernity and considers the global strategic implications of this new-found power.

Inkster is Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) where his research portfolio includes transnational terrorism, insurgency, transnational organised crime, cyber security, intelligence and security and the evolving character of conflict. He is also engaged in a variety of para-diplomatic activities on behalf of the UK government including leading a Sino-UK Track 1.5 Cyber Security Dialogue. He is one of the authors of an IISS Strategic Dossier on the Evolution of the Cyber Domain published in 2015, has written a chapter on The Chinese Intelligence Agencies: Evolution and Empowerment in Cyberspace in China and Cyber Security (Oxford University Press 2015) and is the author of China’s Cyber Power, published in June 2016 by Routledge. Prior to joining IISS, Nigel Inkster served for 31 years in the British Secret intelligence Service (SIS). He had postings in Asia, Latin America and Europe and worked extensively on transnational security issues. He was on the Board of SIS (commonly known as MI6) for seven years, the last two as Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence. He is the former Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Committee on Terrorism and a current member of the WEF Council on Cyber Security.

The talk drew on Nigel’s recently published book: China’s Cyber Power.

This event was supported by the CIC National Capital Branch Intelligence Futures Working Group, CASIS, and the SecDev Foundation.

Video of Sep 13th event, China’s Rising Cyber Power: Assessing the Implications, with Nigel Inkster