Our cyber resilience is only as strong as our people, our knowledge, our resources and our tools.
While cyber resilience is essential for any government or business around the world, the path to resilience is never the same. It depends on what stage of the digital journey they are in, and often nations take a slightly different path.
However, cyber threats rarely affect just one country – instead, they typically affect many different countries, each of which may have different cyber resilience capacities. Therefore, nations must work together to protect governments, organizations, infrastructure and consumers.
Chris Connell, Managing Director of Kaspersky Asia Pacific, notes that security challenges are putting pressure on resources, but investing in talent and promoting user awareness and training are important ways to alleviate those pressures.
Speaking at an online policy forum hosted by Kaspersky earlier this month, Connell stated, “It is the responsibility of all governments and businesses to provide cyber training and awareness raising. We are the sum of our joint efforts. “
There are three main ways to accomplish cyber capacity building. The first is to fill the skills gap. This means providing higher education institutions with resources to develop students’ critical cybersecurity skills.
Cyber Security Association of China’s general secretary Li Yuxiao said at the forum that resources should include data-driven exercises and institutions should act quickly to build cyber capacity.
Another way to develop cyber resilience is to build trustworthy partnerships – for example partnerships between INTERPOL and CERTs or industry.
Craig Jones, Director of Cybercrime at INTERPOL, stated that cyber criminals can continue to expand their infrastructure and activities despite gaps in the cyber capabilities and capabilities of law enforcement agencies at the local and global levels.
“To meet this challenge, law enforcement must be a trusted partner across national borders and sectors. Working together, being inclusive and open will help us fill the gaps and bridge the skills and capacity gap. “
The exchange of data is also important for building trustworthy partnerships. Li Yuxiao noted that if cyber defense is to be effective, companies need to think beyond sector silos to share information. However, as noted by the head of the Cyber Defense Department at Korea University, Professor Gabriel Kim Seungjoo, there are difficulties in exchanging data.
“We talk a lot about partnerships, but in reality it’s not that easy. Partnerships begin with information sharing and data collection. This is based on mutual trust between countries, organizations, etc., but it is not an easy process for governments and companies to exchange data for educational purposes. We need to discuss effective systems for exchanging information and effective ways of building mutual trust, ”says Seungjoo Kim.
The third way to enable cyber resilience is through prioritization. This means that cybersecurity must be at the forefront of the agenda. For some nations, however, the fight against COVID-19 has set them back in terms of formulating or executing their cybersecurity strategy, while some companies are still struggling to digitize securely.
“The battle is not over and we need to work together across borders and organizations to have the best possible chance of victory together,” added Connell.
To help companies, government agencies, and universities build cyber capacity and understand how to conduct security assessments of all ICT products they use, Kaspersky offers a cyber capacity building program.
The training program is designed to help participants:
- Building capacities in companies, government organizations and universities to identify, assess and assess risks related to external applications in their ICT infrastructure
- Manage identified risks and assess external applications for their integrity and security
- Make a list of requirements for external applications to minimize the associated cybersecurity risks
- Develop an understanding of industry best practices for building a secure ICT ecosystem in relation to external applications.
Former participant CERT India General Director Dr. Sanjay Bahl explains: “The topics of the program were very relevant for the participants and also provided them with valuable information and insights.
“I would like to thank the entire Kaspersky team for being behind this carefully planned and well organized program with high quality content.
“The interactive sessions and the problems posed to the participants clearly demonstrated the dedication and effort of your team in organizing this program.”
Learn more about Kaspersky’s Cyber Capacity Building Program here.