CyberSec 2016: Engaging businesses in cyber capacity building

News item | 04-10-2016

What are the ingredients for successful cooperation between public and private entities in cyber capacity building? That was the main question posed to a panel of GFCE members, the GFCE Secretariat and other participants during the CyberSec 2016 Conference in Krakow on 26 September.

Informal network key

Panel participants emphasized the importance of informal networks to build successful public-private partnerships. Building trust is key at an early stage. Once trust is established more clear and focused objectives can be set. The next step is to set formal rules and a governance structure, clarifying the responsibilities of the different stakeholders involved. Other important aspects in the beginning are to define a small, focused and detailed scope where you can impact and to remain agile to new developments.

Utilizing business innovation power

Currently many public-private forms of cooperation in cyber capacity building already exist, but all participants see room for improvement. First of all, it is essential to gain more involvement from the influential civil society, politicians and the general public. Creating hubs and platforms where stakeholders can share both information and concerns about public-private networks on cyber capacity building, could contribute to this. Secondly, clear baseline guidance imposed by legislation is necessary, as well as a bottom-up structural approach for efficient operations that allows for more autonomy at lower levels on local needs and resources. Thirdly, it is important to recognize that the private sector mainly pushes innovations, and therefore the private sector should be stimulated to get involved in the planning and design of initiatives.

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CyberSec Panel on Public-Private Cooperation in cyber capacity building consisting of (from left to right):  Kamil Wyszkowski (National Representative UNSG Initiative Global Impact, Poland), Igor Tatzky (CSIRT PKO Bank Polski, Poland), Dave Piscitello (ICANN USA), Preetam Mallor (ITU India, GFCE Member), Paul J. Dwyer (IBM USA, GFCE member), Hans-Wilhelm Dünn (Secretary General Cyber-Security Council Germany), David van Duren (GFCE Secretariat), Ms. Lara Pace (Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at the Oxford University, GFCE Partner)