Collaboration: The key to UK national security
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in February, the Prime Minister stated amid a developing range of threats – whether from hostile states or other irrational actors – that “democracies need to strengthen their capabilities to meet the rigours of an ever more competitive world”. This shared endeavour requires input from not only governments but from all those concerned with a secure future, especially businesses.
Harnessing data, tracking threats, and continuously innovating are the building blocks of a nation’s future defence. The UK government is aware of this, and within its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, and Foreign Policy there is a recognition of the need for the UK to consider how it will position itself in a complex global security context. A recent development that gives insight into the government’s thinking in this area is the proposed creation of the Advanced Research and Innovation Agency that will play a critical role in fostering an ecosystem where research and innovation are supported appropriately.
This intersection between government, business, and technology is a reality of the present day and of the future. All three cannot and should not operate independently of each other, and it is clear that a holistic approach across government is of fundamental importance to ensure that the fruits of research and development are leveraged in policy so that the UK maintains a coherent response to security challenges.
Collaboration between government and industry is therefore essential so that the UK can mitigate threats and enjoy the benefits of being a digitally advanced, global trading nation. Next week’s Home Office Security and Policing event therefore arrives at an opportune moment, bringing together Government and business to explore the latest technology and capabilities in this space, and discuss potential collaboration.
Leidos have developed cargo scanners and operational systems that blend data from surveillance technology, biometric devices, and multiple sensory inputs. Overall, we have more than 50 products and applications that form the component of end-to-end border security solutions and services, and are continuing to work to innovate so that the UK’s border management operations are dynamic in an ever-changing world.
Yet as our technology advances, so too does the response of those who would seek to undermine the security of nations and the safety of citizens. This is especially acute in the field of cybersecurity, with new challenges manifesting on an almost daily basis. Therefore, in an ever-developing threat landscape, government requires the right partner to help it respond accordingly.
As a recognised global leader in cybersecurity, Leidos is well suited to providing governments with the optimised tools, methodologies, and expertise to develop and enhance their existing defences against online threats. Already, Leidos has transformed the cybersecurity models of several US federal government Security Operations Centers and for a US Government Agency, successfully implemented our cyber method within six months to quantify and track all advanced persistent threat activity.
As the Prime Minister says, it is imperative that we strengthen our capabilities in national security as threats evolve. As the UK forges its new path outside of the European Union, its national security strategy should embrace collaboration with business and trusted international partners to deliver success.
We look forward to demonstrating our capabilities in National Security as a recognised innovative solution provider to this sector, offering thought leadership to support Home Office and Policing with their future challenges at next week’s virtual event.
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