FREMONT, CA: As cybersecurity became a focus for world leaders, the Economic Forum had officially announced the Global Centre for cybersecurity. Its new hub in Geneva started operating in March 2018 with a mandate to encourage public-private cyber collaboration.

Neither the government nor the private sector, alone can address the  problem. Joint projects should be performed to solve pressing problems which have the simultaneous benefits of creating ‘muscle money’ between the public and private sector, which will serve nations well if/when those two sectors work closer together in crisis situations. Since the cyber and physical processes are converging, the new kind of workforce should include apprentices, journeymen and masters in the continuel fields of cybersecurity and physical security.

To accomplish public-private cyber coalition, stakeholders should first agree to work together. Three can be owners of critical infrastructure or even government leaders who have a role in critical infrastructure.

 They need to be individuals with the authority to authorize the implementation of solutions and to clear any barriers to make that happen. They will help create and nurture both leap-ahead progress and steady incremental progress over time. 

 

There are people who are experts in operation, deep technical knowledge, or access to sophisticated equipment and techniques to validate any proposed solutions. People with financial resources, including individuals, companies, government agencies or consortia, have the money which is necessary to support things like meeting and planning logistics, the funding of trial programs or to create enduring connections between parties where individual budgets may not reach. 

It is also necessary to have a group of leaders at both the regional and national level, who understand the scope and scale of the issues at hand, as well as the strategic approaches that will be most effective at addressing them. This will need to be an action-oriented network of like-minded thought leaders and stakeholders who share a common vision of a more secure and resilient U.S. posture. They would need to work together by goals over a 7-to 10-year horizon, to scope out the challenges, identify a strategy and nurture the initial implementation of the solutions.

Once the coalition is operational, a new kind of workforce should take on the multifaceted challenge of security in the cyber realm. The cybersecurity industry must reconsider its job roles and structures. This involves creating an environment in which professionals in IT, OT and physical security regularly collaborate and rotate job assignments in recognition that the design of critical infrastructure solutions cannot separate these professions.

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