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Victoria Woodbine

Cyber Policy Lead, British Embassy, Washington

Victoria Woodbine is the Cyber Policy lead in the Foreign and Security Policy Group at the British Embassy, Washington DC, a position she assumed in September 2012. She is responsible for tracking the development of US cyber policy and its implications for transatlantic co-operation on cyber security and supports the UK’s multinational engagement and the departments included in the UK’s national cyber programme.

Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Victoria was Private Secretary to Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, where her portfolio covered the UK Government's Digital Strategy, ICT reform, cyber-security and civil contingencies.

Before joining the Cabinet Office, Victoria was the Assistant Private Secretary to the then Minister for Security, Baroness Neville-Jones, working at the Home Office where her responsibilities comprised numerous national security topics including cyber-security and counter-terrorism. She has a first class BSc. Hons. in Chemistry from the University of Warwick.
The UK Launches Its Computer Emergency Response

The UK Launches Its Computer Emergency Response Team

The UK was delighted to host at the launch Larry Zelvin, the Director of the National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC). The NCCIC is CERT-UK's natural US counterpart based in the Department of Homeland Security. The UK welcomed Director Zelvin's US perspectives and the emphasis he firmly placed on the importance of close collaboration between the UK and US.
22/04/2014 17:05 BST
Keeping Britain Safe and Prosperous

Keeping Britain Safe and Prosperous Online

In its first year, the programme focused on understanding the problem. Threats in cyberspace are growing: over the past year, some 93% of large companies (and 87% of smaller ones) reported a cyber breach. Understanding these threats, and being able to detect them, was a vital first step.
10/01/2014 09:49 GMT
The Case for Cyber Capacity

The Case for Cyber Capacity Building

The UK's National Cyber Security Strategy aims to increase the scale and impact of these efforts by building resilience globally and assisting those countries that lack the infrastructure and expertise to protect their cyberspace, while also working to ensure cyberspace supports innovation, economic growth and social benefits.
06/09/2013 12:02 BST
A Cyber Health Check for

A Cyber Health Check for Business

The project is a great opportunity for company Boards to understand and manage risks that have the potential to cause major damage to their business. Companies can demonstrate leadership by making cyber a major part of risk management across their whole business.
08/08/2013 13:56 BST
Government and Business Team Up to Strengthen UK Cyber

Government and Business Team Up to Strengthen UK Cyber Security

The launch follows a successful pilot instigated by the prime minister which included over 160 companies from across five sectors of business including defence, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, finance and energy - all of which are industries with a strong element of UK-US trade and investment.
09/04/2013 20:15 BST
The UK Leads the Fore on Cyber at the World Economic

The UK Leads the Fore on Cyber at the World Economic Forum

As part of the UK's staunch and diverse efforts to secure a safe and global digital environment which fosters innovation and growth in the internet, on Friday, our Foreign Secretary, William Hague <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-signs-up-to-cyber-resilience-partnership" target="_hplink">signed the World Economic Forum's (WEF) new set of principles on Cyber Resilience</a>.
28/01/2013 16:35 GMT
Protecting and Promoting the UK in a Digital

Protecting and Promoting the UK in a Digital World

Despite a challenging fiscal situation, the current government has committed over a billion dollars of new funding to an office set up to promote cyber security. Like our American counterparts, we recognise that strong policy in this area is both a national security priority.
20/12/2012 16:43 GMT