Why the ICC is closed to the public today

The International Convention Center (ICC) is closed to the public today. Visitors to the center will not be able to walk through the mall, often used as a shortcut between the city center and Brindleyplace.

The ICC is closed due to a cyber security conference taking place at the venue from 13-15 May. Over 2,000 cyber security leaders and professionals will attend GCHQ’s flagship event CYBERUK 2024.

Today (Wednesday 15) Technology Minister Saqib Bhatti will give a speech on the threats posed by Chinese state-backed hackers. The ICC, in Centenary Square, will reopen to the public tomorrow (May 16).

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It is the first time that CYBER UK, hosted by the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), has taken place in the West Midlands. It comes at a time of heightened tensions over the threats posed by cyber warfare around the world.

At the conference in Birmingham, GCHQ director Anne Keast-Butler spoke about the rise in state-sponsored hacking, which she said posed a “significant risk to international norms and values”. She also highlighted the “immediate threats” posed by Russia and Iran, carrying out actions ranging from cyber attacks, espionage and surveillance – but said most of GCHQ’s resources were focused on China.

Speaking at the Cyber ​​UK conference in Birmingham, she said: “Through their coercive and destabilizing actions, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) poses a significant risk to international norms and values. In cyberspace, we believe that the PRC’s irresponsible actions. to weaken internet security for all.

“China has built an advanced set of cyber capabilities and is taking advantage of a growing commercial ecosystem of hacking equipment and data brokers at its disposal. China poses a real and growing cyber risk to the UK.”