[AfrICANN-discuss] Plic-Private Partnering Urged in Global War on
Cyber Crime - Govtech 2008, Durban
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Plic-Private Partnering Urged in Global War on Cyber Crime
Today, former U.S. "Cyber Czar" Andy Purdy (AndyPurdy.com) addressed
international delegates gathered in Durban for Govtech 2008, hosted by
South Africa's State Information Technology Agency (SITA), and called
for the creation of public-private partnerships to bring under control
the growing threat of cyber attacks worldwide.
Durban, South Africa (PRWEB) July 28, 2008 -- Today, former U.S.
"Cyber Czar" Andy Purdy (AndyPurdy.com (http://www.andypurdy.com))
addressed international delegates gathered in Durban for Govtech 2008,
hosted by South Africa's State Information Technology Agency (SITA),
and called for the creation of public-private partnerships to bring
under control the growing threat of cyber attacks worldwide.
In overcoming the inadequacy of international cyber security efforts,
even an informal collaboration framework, Purdy explained, would help
build global capability to assess and mitigate cyber risk, and to
detect, respond to, and recover from malicious man-made cyber
incidents and natural cyber hazards.
Purdy also encouraged developing nations to form or enhance the
current capabilities of national Computer Emergency Readiness Teams
(CERTs) and establish trusted partnerships with other CERTs and
governments, as well as international organizations and global
companies to support timely and effective information collection and
Purdy noted that the enhanced international effort needs to not only
include law enforcement, that "has made noteworthy efforts to date,"
but also government officials with responsibility for trade and
diplomacy, research and development, funding of civilian government,
and best practices.
Purdy stressed, in particular, the need to include companies that can
help reduce the vulnerabilities that are routinely exploited, and
increase the ability of organizations and individuals to engage in
trustworthy cyber communications and transactions.
According to Purdy, the wide dispersion of ownership and control of
cyberspace among government and the private sector stakeholders
"requires a new approach to addressing cyber risk, one that relies on
an organized and resourced public-private partnership, rather than
simply government leadership."
"Although a key element of this process has to be information sharing
-- often in situations where trust is critical -- the private sector
role is so important that it should be as a true partner, not just the
source or recipient of information," Purdy said. "Among the key
sectors of a nation's economy that should be actively encouraged to
participate in the planning, implementation, and operational stages of
building and administering a national CERT, are Information
Technology, telecommunications, finance, and power."
Purdy concluded his remarks recommending that each national CERT lead
a national awareness campaign about safe online practices, warn
potential victims of malicious cyber activity, and generally educate
organizations and individual users on how to reduce risk.
Andy Purdy is currently President of DRA Enterprises, Inc. in
Bethesda, Maryland, USA (AndyPurdy.com (http://www.andypurdy.com)), is
a member of the Executive Advisory Board of BigFix, Inc. of
Emeryville, California, and a partner in the law firm of Allenbaugh
Samini, LLP (alsalaw.com (http://www.alsalaw.com)). He is also
co-founder of the International Cyber Center at George Mason
University. Purdy served as a member of the White House staff in
2002-2003 that helped to draft the U.S. National Strategy to Secure
Cyberspace released by President Bush in February, 2003. He worked at
the Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2006, the last two as
Acting Director of the National Cyber Security Division/US-CERT.
Read more about Purdy's latest international cyber security work and
his Govtech 2008 presentation, "Addressing National Cyber Risk --
Public-Private Partnership is the Cornerstone," by visiting
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