25 Feb 2021 | Online
10:00 - 16:00

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£395 +VAT

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£195 +VAT £145* +VAT

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Examining the future of national security - aligning with defence, development and foreign aid

In its 7th year, the National Security Summit will host a high-level discussion and essential update on strategy and policy developments to keep UK citizens safe.

This year we're delighted to announce that the event will now be brought to you by the team behind The House magazine - the leading publication for MPs and peers. This new collaboration brings the event closer to the heart of Westminster and aligns the event more closely to the changing policy landscape. 

As the UK establishes it's position on the global stage, in anticipation of the Government's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy - this is a pivotal moment for how the nation thinks about National Security. 

Join senior stakeholders and leaders responsible for defining and delivering national security to review the priorities for the year ahead and take this first opportunity to discuss the implications of the Integrated Review.

Choose from 10 conference sessions, across 2 conference tracks

To reflect the broadening nature of national security, this year the agenda offers 2 tracks to incorporate topics relating to enforcement and protection, as well as defence and security.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Commissioner Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police
  • Katy Bourne OBE, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, Minister for Investment, DfIT & BEIS
  • Jon Simmons, Head of Protection, Irregular Migration and Asylum Analysis, Home Office Analysis and Insight
  • Sir Paul Stephenson Kt QPM, Fmr. Commissioner, Metropolitan Police (Chair)

About the Event

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online. As a delegate you can expect:

  • High quality and timely content as you would expect in a face-to-face event
  • Facilitated Q&A and panel discussions to put your questions to expert speakers
  • Scheduled breaks throughout the day to minimise screen fatigue
  • CPD accreditation on request for all registrants

Chair's Introduction

Sir Paul Stephenson Kt QPM, Fmr. Commissioner, Metropolitan Police (Chair)


Morning Keynote - Investing in Global Britain’s New Military and Security Strategy

What the Integrated Review means for Britain’s defence and security services

Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence


Plenary Panel Discussion - Blue Lights and Beyond: Developing the UK’s Technology Capabilities for National Security

  • What are the foreseeable resources required by the public sector to effectively secure the UK?
  • Technology’s role in helping UK security services and law enforcement effectively tackle crime and threats of terrorism
  • Examining the next generation of security technology: from biometrics to facial recognition
  • Developing the abilities, both now and in the future, of military influence and project force

Katy Bourne OBE, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner


Morning Break - Choose from the following Breakout Sessions


Delegates can choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions

Track A: Enforcement

Prioritising Economic Crime in National Security

  • Rethinking the approach to tackling illicit finance in the UK
  • Examining the role of unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) and the potential these have for the UK to deter and reverse the flow of dirty money
  • Importance of collaboration: working with law enforcement partners to help discover and disrupt criminal activity taking place in the real world or online

Commissioner Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police

Track B: Defence & Security

Securing Safe Foreign Investment into the UK

  • Defining national security within the context of foreign investment
  • What does the National Security and Investment (NSI) Bill mean for investors in the UK, and how can it be implemented effectively?
  • Welcoming investment, shutting out those who threaten the UK’s safety
  • Examining the implications of the Bill for the FCDO and the UK’s foreign policy more broadly
  • Advice for businesses classified under mandatory notification

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, Minister for Investment, DfIT & BEIS


Delegates can choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions

Track A: Enforcement

Managing the Impact and Mitigating the Risk of Misinformation

  • Countering the dissemination of reliable, truthful information that underpins our democracy
  • Insight on the Governments RESIST Toolkit
  • Building your resilience to the threat of disinformation
  • Delivering strategic communication and tracking outcomes

Track B: Defence & Security

Developing the role of National Cyber Defence

  • A GCHQ and Ministry of Defence (MoD) partnership has been avowed, which is conducting cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities, terrorists and criminals threatening the UK’s national security.
  • What does this mean for the wider cyber security environment?
  • How can we secure the manpower to build a world-leading cyber profession?
  • How can an intelligence culture and a more hierarchical military culture will work effectively together?
  • Using cyber alongside diplomatic, economic, political and military capabilities



Afternoon Keynote - Integration in Practice: Coordinating our Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Aid Policies

  • Building beyond the message: how can Britain come back as a strong power capability in practice?
  • Bringing diplomacy and development together, in lockstep with security and defence Official Development Assistance’s (ODA) role in security capabilities abroad
  • Why is it counterproductive to increase defence spending without simultaneously doing the same with diplomacy?
  • Maximising security and prosperity, while getting the best value for UK taxpayers’ money
  • Setting a strong direction for recovery and building back better from COVID-19, at home and overseas

Afternoon Break 


Delegates can choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions

Track A: Enforcement

Strengthening our Borders in Post-Brexit UK

  • The importance of research and statistics in informing policy development and operational activity
  • Insight into the latest migration trends and where things might go in the future.
  • With the addition of COVID-19 to geopolitical issues such as Brexit and ongoing cross-border terrorism, what does this mean for migration to the UK?
  • Insight on the creation and development of Behavioural Detection & Analysis programmes

Jon Simmons, Head of Protection, Irregular Migration and Asylum Analysis, Home Office Analysis and Insight

Track B: Defence & Security

Managing Lawful Surveillance in Post-Brexit UK

  • The UK is one of the most watch nations in the world. An estimated 5.9 million CCTV cameras alone keep track of our every move.
  • However, technologies such as facial recognition and biometrics are drawing scrutiny in a country more accustomed to surveillance than any other Western democracy.
  • Examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has dovetailed with the spread of digital surveillance
  • How can legislation and regulation keep up with technology driving us forward?
  • The importance of independent oversight and authorisation of the use of investigatory powers by intelligence agencies, police forces and other public authorities.
  • How can new surveillance technologies enable law enforcement to do more with less? 
  • Get up to date good practice and guidance for the police use of the latest surveillance systems

Plenary Panel Discussion - The UK’s Place in a New Global Landscape

  • With UK having left the EU, Government leaders are emphasising the important task of the Britain finding a new role for itself in the world
  • A pivotal year for Britain; Following the publication of the Integrated Review, how can this new strategy be put into practice through Britain’s dual leadership of the G7 and the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP)?
  • Hear a range of experts and stakeholders discuss what this post-Brexit role should look like

Chair’s Summary Remarks & Event Close


Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in the development of strategy and policy to keep UK citizens safe

Previous delegates include professionals with the following job titles: 

  • Chief Executive 
  • Head of Business Assurance
  • Head of Joint Operations
  • Ports Coordinaton Manager
  • Head of Intelligence
  • Security Coordinator
  • Chief Inspector 
  • Head of Law Enforcement Business Development 
  • Prevent Officer
  • Counter Intelligence Operator
  • Director of Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism

From organisations including: 

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
  • Ministry of Defence 
  • NHS England
  • Home Office 
  • National Counter Terrorism Policing Command
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • City of London Corporation 
  • DVLA
  • Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

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