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Cyber threat talk

Much more collaboration between governments, industry and academics will be needed to counter the next generation of cyber security threats, so a gathering of IT security people heard at the recent RSA conference in San Francisco (the 23rd annual event).

The comment came from Intercede’s CEO Richard Parris in a welcome address to a reception hosted for the Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP). That is the cross-sector group tasked by the British Government with increasing the cyber export market. The event on February 26 at the British Consulate-General was attended by representatives from government, the technology and security industries and academia, including reception co-hosts BT, Sophos, CSIT at Queen’s University Belfast and BAE Systems, and CGP members ARM, Microsoft and Thales e-Security.

Parris said: “The growing onslaught of threats from both within and without is both complex and resource-demanding. These threats far exceed the capability of any one company or country to counter them. It requires co-operation and collaboration between nation states and between companies. The good news is that, collectively, our companies and agencies have a critical mass of global cyber security expertise that we can bring to bear on the most important questions of our time.

“Right now, the most pressing questions include how we close the cyber skills gap, improve international collaboration, and establish a common threat picture. In striving to answer these questions, I believe that we will also increase the global market for all those involved in the endeavour.”

The event, organised and hosted by Intercede, also featured a keynote address from James Quinault, Director of the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance at the UK Cabinet Office.

About RSA

The 2014 event saw more than 28, 500 attendees and 419 sessions, keynotes, peer-to-peer sessions, track sessions, tutorials and seminars, which featured 604 speakers.

The conference in 2015 will run from April 20 to 24, 2015 at the same venue, the Moscone Center in San Francisco: http://www.rsaconference.com


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