Monday, October 30, 2017

Collaboration as a tool

"In the long history of mankind, it is those who learn to collaborate and to improvise those who are most likely to prevail." As Charles Darwin well said, the ability to collaborate allows adaptation to change and increases agility to respond to obstacles. In business, collaboration has become a basic to understand and face an increasingly complex reality. Often the solution involves collaboration between public and private sectors, enriching an experience related to privatization and outsourcing of public services.

In the interview of the week we know the point of view of Luigi Rebuffi, leader of the public-private collaboration on cybersecurity with the United States government. The association was created a year ago and has already doubled its memberships. Anything that implies an increase in awareness about cybersecurity, it makes us so happy.

It is interesting to know Rebuffi´s point of view, who works in the sector of cooperation between governments and companies. When asked about the cybersecurity sector, this is his view: "Cybersecurity has become an important issue for the political and economic agenda this year for a variety of reasons." This is a clear indicator of the importance begins to take cybersecurity for governments. But what are the benefits of the type of government partnerships such as Rebuffi leads? "Having national public-private administrations, not only in management positions but in working groups, has become an added value because makes a difference compared to other initiatives. Security is sensitive, it is a matter of sovereignty and the fact that we have national experts from the public administration in the working groups converts the recommendations that we treat much more mature than if this advice came from the industry itself.

This past year the incidents of cyber attacks against large companies have been sounded. When Rebuffi is asked about whether this has been the government's biggest driver of cybersecurity investment, he is clear: "It is important to understand that cyber-threats are increasing and that they can potentially affect society. But my impression is that the most important effect is at the political level. The threat that the public administration has seen in cybersecurity is a threat to democracy, it is this that has really pushed cybersecurity towards political agendas. With these kinds of threats I mean the incidents that occurred during elections. "

One of the measures to control these cyber attacks and threats by the European Union was the creation of a new strategy last month to certify security standards. On this issue and how these proposals can affect the European cybersecurity industry, Rebuffi says: "The proposal has three different points of view: resilience, deterrence and international relations. The first is the most important, especially in the aspects of certification, but also in the growth of ENISA (the US cybersecurity agency). The implementations of NIS directives, which will come into force next year, and the creation of the network of competences between centers, are initiatives that lead us in the right direction and we, from the association, strongly support this strategy and the creation of a European certification framework ".

The awareness about cybersecurity increases globally, and with it the investment in it. But what is Rebuffi the main element in which to invest? : "The commission's approach to research is traditional, first we have to research to offer innovation and boost the market. However industries see the picture from an investment point of view. The Commission builds from bottom to top, it is an impulse approach. The industry sees it as an approach approach. Of course there is a need for investment. We will do a study as a result. Both approaches are interesting and would say important. But there is an extremely important third point, education and training. We can investigate and stimulate the market but if we do not have the professionals that start these solutions we will not go very far. "

Whether through public-private partnerships or through another medium, cybersecurity begins to be installed in public and political agendas. This is highly beneficial, since to more awareness more information and more information more likely to be aware of the current risks and current security measures. Collaboration makes these improvements happen faster and the need to shorten protection periods and reaction to attacks is becoming necessary. Our advice? All for one, one for all.


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