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The pivot from cybersecurity to cooperation in cyberspace

Oct. 30, 2013 - 05:39PM   |  
By LT. GEN. HARRY RADUEGE (USAF RET.)   |   Comments
Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege (USAF ret.) is Director, Deloitte Services LP, and Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation.
Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege (USAF ret.) is Director, Deloitte Services LP, and Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation. ()
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As cyber threats grow in intensity and scale, many organizations are evaluating the state of their cyber readiness. Government leaders, federal agencies, business leaders and academics alike all are engaged in discussions with CIOs and CISOs on the ability to fend off threats and intrusions. To be truly comprehensive, the discussion should not be limited to efforts coming from Washington, D.C., alone, because many threats themselves are international in scope.

The need for international cooperation is prescient. In June, President Obama met with President Xi Jinping of China to address the issue of cyber attacks on U.S. networks. A New York Times editorial titled “Preventing a U.S.-China Cyberwar” implored both governments to work together to develop ground rules to protect digital infrastructure and called out the work of the EastWest Institute (EWI) in bringing together representatives of many governments to facilitate an international dialogue.

And so EWI is about to convene discussions once again as the fourth annual World Cyberspace Cooperation Summit returns to the United States and Silicon Valley in early November. In 2010, the first Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit convened in Dallas, Texas, with the theme of Protecting the Digital Economy. In London, the second summit focused on Mobilizing for International Action and, in New Delhi, the third summit centered on Building Trust in Cyberspace. All three laid the foundation for expanded discussions about international cooperation in cyberspace.

The EWI meetings allow international leaders of governments, businesses and academia to discuss security, vigilance and the resilience of the world’s digital infrastructure. Discussions at these forums spark action and discussion around international, private-public partnerships, and help shape the agreements, standards, policies and regulations needed to protect cyberspace.

Representatives from the top “Cyber 40” nations — including China, India and Russia — will attend the summit this year because all of us now understand the world is dependent on smoothly functioning digital protocols. The ability to innovate and grow economically revolves around the capacity to protect infrastructure. The legal impacts of cyber disruptions and the need for global cybersecurity cooperation are also themes for the discussion this year.

Over the last four years, Deloitte has been a participating sponsor of the EWI cyber summits. Just as the role of the internet has expanded in our lives, the conversations at these meetings have expanded beyond discussions about cybersecurity to now focus on international cooperation in cyberspace. Part of the solution lies in developing trust and cooperation and collectively putting the greater good at the top of our priority list.

At this year’s summit, Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Ed Powers, National Managing Principal, Deloitte Security & Privacy, will be co-chairing a breakthrough group addressing “Emergency Preparedness for the Financial Services Sector for International Crises in Cyberspace” and I will be chairing a policy briefing on “Priority International Communications — Staying Connected in Times of Crisis.” Numerous other critical issues also will be addressed.

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