Cybersecurity Capacity Building for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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Marthie Grobler's presentation focussed on 'Linking the Human in the Cyber Loop', talking about the different roles that humans play within the cyber security domain and how some roles have become more pronounced considering the changes in our environment. Humans are traditionally considered as the weakest link in the loop, but a mind-shift shows humans as a critical part in the loop that can be used to its strengths.


Jaco du Toit's presented on the future-proofing of a cyber security workforce for the challenges of the 4IR. Organisations that invest in broad-based cyber security capacity skills today stand a better chance to take on unknown cyber security chaallenges of the 4IR. In the same way that the cyber security ecosystem consistently changes, and new challenges are identified, the influence of 4IR will undoubtedly influence the collective cyber security skill set. Some skills might become more important, while others might become less important. It may even be that new skills are identified and become relevant. How can organisations measure, and plan today for the unknown tomorrow?


Kerry-Ann Barrett provided an overview of the challenges member states and industries face with the emergence of Industrial IoT. She will also outline efforts of the OAS to support the members and building capacity in the region.


Professor Sadie Creese presented findings from a recently published report: Foresight Review for Cybersecurity for Industrial Internet of Things. She also talked about the differing perspectives of those responsible for managing risk within industry, including: operations and board members, companies and regulators, procurement and cyber security teams, and she provided a useful overview to increase cyber awareness for all.



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The weakest link? Digital technology and Cyber Security capacity building in Developing Countries

The world gets more interconnected, and the dependency of cyberspace and its infrastructure is now evident in most sectors. As the cyber domain is only as strong as the weakest link – there is a need for building security standards across countries to minimize threats. 

Cyber threats and risks are particularly challenging for developing countries and nations affected by conflict and fragility. Therefore, there is a need for specific efforts toward those countries, as they are developing digital and physical infrastructures while being characterized by weak institutions, poor governance mechanisms, and limited resources.More info to come.

The webinar is part of the research project C3SA, and is connected to NUPI's Centre for Cyber Security Studies.

Speakers bio:

Chris Painter is a globally recognized leader and expert on cybersecurity and cyber policy, Cyber Diplomacy and combatting cybercrime.  He has been on the vanguard of U.S. and international cyber issues for over twenty five years—first as a prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cybercrime cases in the country and then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, FBI, the National Security Council and finally the State Department.  He has initiated, helped drive, or advised on virtually every major U.S. cyber policy for over a decade and has created innovative new organizations and approaches to deal with threats and take advantage of opportunities in cyberspace.

Carolin Weisser Harris is the Lead International Operations at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC), based at the Department of Computer Science. In this role, she is responsible for stakeholder engagement and the deployment of the centre’s flagship Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM). She has co-authored a number of CMM reviews in Africa, Asia and Europe and contributed to best practice guides and diverse research outputs in the field of cybersecurity capacity-building.

Dr. Andrea Calderaro is the director of the Centre for Internet and Global Politics, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations/School of Law and Politics, and a member of the Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics at Cardiff University. He holds his PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute. His research and teaching centers on the Internet and International Affairs, with a particular focus on transnational governance of the cyber domain, cybersecurity, cyber capacity building, cyber diplomacy, the Digital divide, and the role of the EU in the global internet policy debate.

Patryk Pawlak is the EUISS Brussels Executive Officer. In this capacity, he maintains and develops relations with other Brussels-based institutions. In addition, he is in charge of the cyber portfolio, leading the Institute’s cyber-related projects and contributing to its outreach activities. Since June 2016, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise. His work on cyber-related issues and the European Union’s security policies more broadly has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.


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