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.’
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.