By Evgeny Grigorenko, Head of Public Affairs, Europe
As a representative of the cybersecurity industry, I spoke last month at a workshop related to the difficulties regarding, and pathways to restore dialogue between Russia and the United States. While there are many domains to cover in this area, I specifically addressed the role of private industry in protecting critical infrastructure and the synergies that may be generated as a result of cooperation between governmental organisations and businesses.
In this regard, a question that the organizers asked – ‘Is there a role for industry in providing technical and/or normative solutions to decrease cyber-risks to the security of critical infrastructure?’ – while being multi-faceted, may be answered simply with: ‘well, sure’ or ‘hmm’. To be a bit provocative and clear, I’d say that if anyone now plays a significant and tangible role in protecting against cyberthreats, it’s the private sector. But let me elaborate more and give Kaspersky’s activities as an example of things that can and are being done.
In previous blogposts, I wrote about various trends in cyberspace: balkanization (fragmentation), militarization, protectionism, and the collapse of international dialogue on cyber. On a technical level, our specialists observed that the percentage of ICS computers attacked by malware is growing.
In other words, we have rising threats, set against a very negative international backdrop and with no ‘toolbox’ to change the situation. And this is where private industry tries to propose its own approach and solutions. To name just a few of them:
These are the two areas or sets of measures that are supplemented by the more well-known activities associated with cybersecurity companies. We also provide high-level industrial cybersecurity solutions and cooperate with law enforcement agencies, e.g. INTERPOL, on fighting cybercrime.
What do all the contributions we make to digital security have in common? They all hinge upon cooperation with other players of the ecosystem – other businesses, governments, research and civil organisations. Cooperation may be better and improved, but now everyone needs to play their role to protect the increasingly digitized foundation of our economies and societies.