Much greater collaboration between governments, industry and academics will be needed to counter the next generation of cyber security threats, a reception for the Cyber Growth Partnership was told at RSA Conference this week.
The event was attended by some of the world’s foremost security experts from the public and private sector, including representatives from Microsoft, ARM, BAE Systems and the Director of the UK Office of Cyber Security James Quinault. Speaking at the reception, Richard Parris of Intercede highlighted three priorities for public-private collaboration: closing the cyber skills gap; improving international collaboration; and establishing a common threat picture.
“The growing onslaught of threats from both within and without is both complex and resource-demanding,” said Parris. “These threats far exceed the capability of any one company or country to counter them. It requires cooperation and collaboration between nation states and between companies. The good news is that, collectively, our companies and agencies have a critical mass of global cyber security expertise that we can bring to bear on the most important questions of our time.
“Right now, the most pressing questions include how we close the cyber skills gap, improve international collaboration, and establish a common threat picture. In striving to answer these questions, I believe that we will also increase the global market for all those involved in the endeavour.”
The packed event which took place on the 26th February at the British Consulate-General was attended by senior representatives from government, the technology and security industries and academia, including reception co-hosts BT, Sophos, CSIT at Queen’s University Belfast and BAE Systems, as well as CGP members ARM, Microsoft and Thales e-Security.