UK foreign secretary William Hague has announced that the government will host an international cyberspace security conference in November.
Hague said that the conference, which will be held on November 1 and 2 in London, will be attended by more than 80 governments and international organisations.
The announcement follows a commitment made by the foreign secretary at the 2011 Munich Security Conference. During his speech at the conference, Hague had said that the UK will host a global conference to ‘discuss norms of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace’.
“We have a shared responsibility to address the challenges presented by the networked world including cyber crime that threatens individuals, companies, and governments. It is vital that cyberspace remains a safe and trusted environment in which to operate,” Hague said in a statement.
“This can only be done effectively through international cooperation, engaging both the public and private sectors,” he added.
The conference will be held at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London and will be organised by the International Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Institute of International Affairs along with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Members of the public will be allowed to announce their opinion via online forum before and during the conference.