Event – Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network: Time to rethink?

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6th of July, 14.00 (BST)

Submarine data cables are the core critical infrastructure of the digital age. 99% of the world’s digital communications transit through the global cable network: Zoom meetings, emails, hotel reservations, flight bookings, financial transactions – they all depend on it. This data does not travel through satellites or the air, but physical optic fiber cables that lay on the ocean floor. Cloud storage, 5G and the Internet of Things, will imply that the network will become even more crucial.

If the cable network is that important, why does it hardly feature in political and security debates? What are the issues at stake? Does the cable network need more and different protection?

These are the issues that a panel of experts from academia, law enforcement and industry will debate drawing on a recently published article on the issue.

Chair: Henrik Breitenbauch, Center for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen

Presenters:

Christian Bueger, University of Copenhagen

Tobias Liebetrau, Science Po Paris,

Timothy Walker, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria

Kaitlin Meredith, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Maritime Crime Programme,

Stephen Dawe, European Subsea Cable Association

Daria Shvets, GlovoUniversitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona

https://bristol-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LKHSTq8CQ1mWslTffGtiHA

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Posted by Scott Edwards

Dr. Edwards is a research associate at the University of Bristol for the TOCAS project. Scott completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2019, where he analysed the role of trust in security communities under Nicholas Wheeler. He holds an MA from the University of Birmingham in Asia-Pacific International Relations, and has primarily focused on Southeast Asian security issues. He is the lead author of the SafeSeas evidence base and specialists in issues of coordination and inter-agency management.

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