EWI’S Cybersecurity Summit Advances Solutions for Digital Problems

On the second day of the EastWest Institute’s Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in London, 450 private and public sector delegates advanced solutions to the complex problems facing our digital world.

Meeting in smaller “breakthrough groups,” participants hammered out next steps for everything from channeling emergency messages through congested networks, to securing global supply chains, to safeguarding the undersea cables that carry over 97% of Internet traffic.

“The technology is available – it’s not the impediment,” said the U.S. National Security Council’s former Acting Senior Director for Cyberspace Melissa Hathaway. “It's really that we need to move to collective action.”

What would that collective action look like? Several speakers called for business and technical experts to lead collaborative efforts with governments around the world.

EWI’s Chief Technology Officer Karl Rauscher applauded Huawei’s Chief Technology Officer Matt Bross’s personal commitment to champion the exploration of deploying international priority communications on all appropriate network systems.

“This would be one of the most dramatic examples of a proactive private sector initiative to save lives and property in future catastrophes,” said Rauscher.

Scott Charney, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computer, said to help counter global cyber threats, businesses need to ensure the transparency of IT product development and transport, adding, “We need a sensitive risk-based approach to help governments grapple with supply-chain concerns.”

Speakers on topics ranging from fighting cyber crime to protecting children online pointed out that cybersecurity challenges are borderless challenges.

Lt. General (Ret.) Harry D. Raduege, Jr., Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation, shared a revelation he had during a trip to India.

“Isn’t our own homeland security dependent on India’s homeland security and their cybersecurity?” said Raduege. “These things are becoming interrelated as we gain more dependence on cyberspace.”

Panelists also discussed plans for EWI’s Third Cybersecurity Summit, to be held in Delhi in October 2012, and ongoing collaborations in between.  

“I’d like to see us create a working group which talks about cybersecurity espionage and cyber conflict in a big way,” said Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, Chief Executive Officer of the Data Security Council of India. “Cybersecurity is now intertwined with international security, and you can't divorce it from that.”

Recap the summit highlights on cybersummit2011.com/live.