Cyber security has become a major priority for governments on a global scale. In February 2014, the U.S. government launched a Cyber Security Framework under Executive Order 13636 to support critical infrastructure industries in improving defenses against a cyber attack.
On March 4th, international leaders including Secretary Michael Chertoff, General Michael Hayden, Rear Admiral Michael Brown, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, gathered in Washington D.C. to debate how the global community can come together to implement a common security approach.
The International Engagement on Cyber 2014 was hosted by Georgetown University Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, and took place as planned, despite the threat of winter weather interrupting the meeting.
The day included four panel discussions on topics such as national cyber strategies, Internet governance, national cyber security in a post-Snowden era, and the development of international norms for cyberspace.
Key to overcoming our global cyber security challenges is an increased willingness for both the private and public sectors to share information, such as threat intelligence. I was pleased to participate in a panel discussing private/public partnerships to protect critical infrastructure. Co-panelists included Adam Sedgwick from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), the architect of the new cyber security framework, as well as representatives of the Department of Homeland Security.
The federal government has engaged the insurance industry directly to support the roll out of the framework and I expressed support for the initiative, as it will cement cyber security as a boardroom risk.
For more information about cyber security, read my white paper, The Ever-Evolving Cyber Laws, and visit Lockton’s Cyber & Technology website.