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Date: 7:30 p.m., 27th February 2019

Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords

Title: How do we bridge the growing cyber trust deficit between China and the West?

The APPG on Cyber Security will be meeting on the 27th February at 7.30 p.m. in Room 3, House of Lords.

During the meeting Bill Majcher will present his view on the trust deficit between China and the West (slides).

Please let me know if you are able to join us.

Andrew Henderson -

Meeting report: Download

Date: 6:00 p.m., 5th February 2019

Venue: Room A, 1 Parliament Street

Title: Cyber Security Skills Strategy

The APPG on Cyber Security, chaired by James Morris MP, will be meeting on the 5th February at 6.00 p.m. in Room A, 1 Parliament St.

During the meeting we will discuss the DCMS paper on skills which is attached (here).

We will be hearing from:
- Prof Keith Mayes, Information Security Group, Royal Holloway, University of London
- Rebecca Harrop, FE and HE Computing Lecturer, HE in Computing and Cisco Networking Academy Manager
- Barnet and Southgate College and Open University
- Babita Kumar, Cybersecurity Thoughtleader and CEO of Zone Insight and Global Learning Service Centre PM

This will be followed by an open discussion on the questions in the paper.

Please let me know if you are able to join us.

Andrew Henderson -

Meeting report: Download

Date: 5:30 p.m., 17th April 2018

Venue: Commettee Room 12, Palace of Westminster

Title: Max Everett on cybersecurity, energy, and critical national infrastructure

You are invited to hear Max Everett, the U.S. Department of Energy Chief Information Officer, talk on cybersecurity, energy, and critical national infrastructure - a US view of the challenges and opportunities facing the West in 2018.

In his role as DOE CIO, Max serves as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary of Energy, works with the U.S. National Laboratories to identify and leverage emerging cybersecurity technology, and manages the cybersecurity of the Department of Energy headquarters as well as its 97 sites and National Laboratories across 26 states.

Previously, Mr. Everett served as Chief Information Officer in the Office of Administration at the White House, managing the technology infrastructure for the Executive Office of the President, the technology requirements of the Presidential transition, and the Presidential records transfer to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Mr. Everett has held additional technology leadership roles at the White House, the Department of Commerce, and on several National Special Security Events.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 12 in the Palace of Westminster at 17.30 on the 17th April 2018. It will finish at 19.00. Non-Parliamentarians are reminded that they should aim to be at Security 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting in case there are long queues. Please let me, Andrew Henderson, know that you will be able to attend (

Date: 4 p.m., 13th March 2018

Venue: room 9, Palace of Westminster

Title: Take 5 and the Cyber Aware campaign

13th March meeting of the APPG on Cyber Security: Take 5 and the Cyber Aware campaign - the Rt Hon. Ben Wallace, Minister of State for Security at the Home Office will talk on his recommendations on how to keep you and your constituents safe online.

You will have noticed the Take 5 campaign in banks and other financial outlets. You may also have taken part in the Take 5 campaign in January. The APPG would like to hear your feedback and views on how MPs can communicate these important messages around cyber security to constituents.

Date: Monday 18th December 2017, 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Palace of Westminster (POW) - Committee Room 16

Title: Stand and deliver! Ransomware: how it works and how to combat it

The AGM of the APPG on Cyber Security will take place on the 18th December at 4.00 p.m. in Committee Room 16. That will be followed at 4.15 p.m. by an open meeting on Ransomware. Professor Keith Mayes, Head of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway College will demonstrate how ransomware works. Then Declan Hadley, Digital Lead, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria and Daniel Hallen, Head of Digital Technology, NHS England (North) will then talk about how they successfully tackled the recent Wannacry attack on the NHS in the North West

For those attending the open meeting at 4.15, entrance to the Houses of Parliament is through the Cromwell Green entrance. For more information on access to Parliament, please see the following web page:

Could you also register with the Secretariat: Andrew Henderson -

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017, 10 a.m.

Venue: Palace of Westminster (POW)

Title: Annual General Meeting of the APPG

The Annual General Meeting of the APPG will be at 10.00 a.m. on the 1st November in the Palace of Westminster.

The AGM will be followed immediately by a presentation on Ransomware by Professor Keith Mayes, Head of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London who will demonstrate how a ransomware attack happens. We also have Declan Hadley, Digital Lead, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Daniel Hallen, Head of Digital Technology, NHS England (North), who will talk about how they dealt with the ransomware attack for the NHS in the North West of England.

All Parliamentarians are welcome.

Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Venue: Committee Room 19, Palace of Westminster (POW)

Title: Fake News


  • Martin Jordan is a security architect currently working across Defence & Banking clients. He has worked in IT for the past 25 years, focusing on security for the last 18 years. Previously, Martin headed up the Ethical Hacking team at KPMG for 10 years, where he was responsible for the Cyber evaluation of major UK Government projects under the GCHQ CTAS scheme, including the QE Class Carriers. Other organisations Martin has worked for include Defcom Security, Oracle and Babcock Power & Marine. In 2014 Martin formed his own company, to perform bespoke cyber assessments as well as writing and delivering a GCHQ certified training course, teaching professionals to assess a company‚Äôs ability to withstand cyber attacks. He also wrote and teaches a course on Open Source Intelligence gathering.

    Research projects conducted by Martin include: KPMG Global cyber risk exposure and UK FTSE 350 Cyber Risk Exposure.

  • Jessica Riches is a social media strategist. She was heavily involved in the organisation of the student protests in 2010 in response to the fee rises, coordinating actions using social media. She created and implemented the digital strategy for the Hacked Off campaign in 2012, culminating in their record-breaking petition. She has since consulted on social media engagement with brands including the Nike Foundation, Toshiba and Marks and Spencer, and organisations including the Green Party, the TUC and Barking and Dagenham Council, Goldsmiths University and HRP's Tower of London. Jessica has been named PR Week's 30 Under 30, in the BIMA 100 and contributed to the CIPR's social media ethics guidelines. She has been featured in media including the Guardian, Channel 4 News and Reuters commenting on the impact of social media on political action, and spoken on numerous panels.
Prof Keith Mayes with Paul Vlissidis and Tim Rawlins of NCC 7th Feb 2017 Photo

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Venue: Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster (POW)

Title: How Cyber Hackers Can Stalk You!

Photo (left to right)

Professor Keith Mayes, Head of School (Mathematics and ISG), Royal Holloway, University of London
Speaker: Paul Vlissidis, Director - Senior Strategic Advisor at NCC Group plc
Tim Rawlins, NCC Group plc

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2016, 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Room 18 Palace of Westminster (POW)

Title: Cyber Security: Critical National Infrastructure


  • Graham Wright: Chief Information Security Officer and Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid
  • Sian John: Chief Security Strategist, Symantec

Tuesday 19th July 2016, 5.30 p.m.

A meeting of the APPG on Cyber Security took place on Tuesday 19th July from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m. in Room W1 in Westminster Hall. The meeting covered big issues in Cyber Security, and was led by industry experts:

  • Professor Keith Mayes, Director of the Information Security Group, Royal Holloway College, University of London
    Title: "Modern Challenges in Information/Cyber Security"
  • Professor Paul Dorey, Director CSO Confidential Ltd., coordinator of the electricity and gas cybersecurity committee for UK critical national infrastructure
    Title: "Internet of Things Security"

The speakers shared some views based on their work in the Cyber Security sector, and this was followed by a Q&A.

24th May 2016

Date of most recent AGM in this Parliament