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Kaspersky calls for collaboration to fight cyber warfare

by Brian Sims

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, has called collaboration between the UK government and the private sector to address the threat of cyber-warfare and the consequent risks posed to critical infrastructure. In a speech to UK government officials – including Adrian Leppard, Commissioner of the City of London Police, Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive of the National Fraud Authority and other peers, Kaspersky outlined the nature of today’s cyber-threats and what needs to be done in response to them. The event, held in the Churchill War Rooms, was also attended by a number of CSOs from British enterprises including HSBC, Unilever, Vodafone and Barclays. The speech highlighted the most pressing issues, as Kaspersky stated, ‘Today, sophisticated malicious programs” cyber-weapons” have the power to disable companies, cripple governments and bring whole nations to their knees by attacking critical infrastructure in sectors such as communications, finance, transportation and utilities. The consequences for human populations could, as a result, be literally catastrophic. ‘Greater investment in education from both government and industry is needed to ensure a continuous flow of talent rising up through the ranks. ‘The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) and its Fusion Cell are needed for the UK, and of course the EU is moving ahead with its European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and plans for establishing a network of Member States’ NIS bodies and CERTs, but that mustn’t stop individual nations taking the lead with their own measures to raise their cyber-resilience. But regulation needs to be at a global level. The CISP and ENISA need to cooperate together, data and expertise sharing can only be advantageous in the on-going fight against cyber-threats of increasing sophistication. ‘The private sector” particularly IT and security related industries, and also certain key critical industries for which IT security has long been at the top of the agenda” has a wealth of front line cyber-battle experience which state bodies will greatly benefit from having access to. This benefit should then dovetail back to the advantage of the private sector, through the added muscle of state bodies and the enhanced, overall visibility of cyber-threats provided by the private-public partnership.’

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