The current cybersecurity climate, in addition to the vast array of threats, provides a real opportunity for enhancing international cybersecurity, according to Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation. During a panel discussion at The Open Group’s Security Practitioners Conference in Boston, cyber experts discussed the threats in cyberspace and recommendations for providing an improved common defense, particularly against cyber crime and cyber terrorism.
The panel included Gen. Raduege, Usman Sindhu, researcher at Forrester Research and Jim Hietala, vice president of security for The Open Group.
“Today, many organizations, including the public and private sector, are waking up to the fact that technology alone is not the answer,” Sindhu said. “It’s the process and people as well. That’s where deriving these best practices would be a key in collaborating with the private and public sector and bringing in an architecture.”
Gen. Raduege also discussed the growing opportunities the disparate cyber threats present to the international community.
“There’s now a tremendous opportunity for us to gain the benefits of being able to communicate, not only nationally, but also internationally, and across all borders, in the area of cybersecurity,” he said. “This is an international problem, and so an opportunity for us to take advantage of it. We’re all in this together.”
Additionally, the interconnectedness of the Internet and the fact that cyber is an issue all nations face also provides opportunities for collaboration between nations, enabling nations to learn from one another.
“Many people are bringing best practices to the table. We’re learning from each other’s experiences,” Raduege said. “The international cooperation and the opportunity to meet and discuss these areas are very valuable to all of us individually, and to our companies and to our nations.”