Morgan Adamski, director of the NSA’s Cyber Collaboration Center, revealed that one of the effective ways to deal with cyber threats from states is to build strong and effective public-private partnerships.
She says it must be built on the sharing of timely, relevant and unique data and information between public-private partners so that action can be taken globally.
Speaking to some selected journalists attending a virtual cybersecurity training hosted by the US Government’s Foreign Press Center, she noted that while the US government is committed to protecting against various cyber threats and attacks, it will need of the effort of everyone, especially the private sector, to provide effective oversight and a secure environment for Internet businesses to thrive.
“We have conducted nearly 10,000 different analytical exchanges with over 200 industry partners over the past nine months. I am confident that we are on the right track, all together. We just have to keep moving forward,” he said. she adds.
She noted that the US government stands ready to assist its partners through effective PPPs to help protect state institutions from critical cyberattacks.
She further explained that the cyber actors tracked on a daily basis do not necessarily target the United States.
“They use these capabilities, this infrastructure, the techniques, tactics and procedures to target a number of our allies and partners. And so if we are able to detect them and degrade them, or disrupt their operations, we do so in places not just in the United States, but around the world,” she added.
The healthcare sector is a critical area for public-private partnerships (PPPs) in cybersecurity.
It is considered essential to meet the new challenges and risks of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the health industry. Since the private sector plays an important role in the provision of health care – either as a direct provider of medical services or as a supplier of medical equipment, governments should consider the private sector as an essential partner in their national cybersecurity efforts.
Therefore, partnership with the private sector is essential to achieve national cybersecurity objectives in the health sector and critical infrastructure (CI) in general.
Although journalists play a vital role in ensuring effective public-private partnership, they are equally susceptible to cyberattacks and journalists must continue to educate and also contribute to ensuring effective public-private partnership, she asserted.
“It’s really important that you continue to cover cybersecurity issues and keep them front and center in people’s minds because it’s something that continues to grow. We need cybersecurity, we need technology to better connect us across the world and with the people we care about most.. And so cybersecurity is a key part of that.”
It has further encouraged investment in strong public-private partnerships both internal to our country, but also the creation of these partnerships between geographical regions, between government agencies, in different types of technological sectors.
The more we can connect and share information, the better we will understand what the threats are and the better we can protect ourselves against them.
Source: Isaac Kwame Owusu/Peacefmonline/[email protected]
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