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Govts Need a 'Pan Asian' Response to Online Security
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/
Source Date: Monday, October 11, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Created: Oct 17, 2010

Governments will have to collaborate more with the private sector to find answers to growing online security threats.

In interviews with FutureGov Asia Pacific, government leaders and vendors said that the public sector could not operate alone in dealing with cyber threats.

“Only about 50 per cent of virus can be detected by anti-virus software,” Hsang Chen Lee, director of Taiwan’s National Police Agency, told FutureGov Asia Pacific.

“Governments should be building joint adventures, a prevention system in the cloud… to attract a lot of established security brands.”

Lee said that private entreprise possessed better prevention systems in hardware and software “that are more security productive”.

“Governments have an obligation to help the private sector include the user, each individuals – they are the ones that have the most secure underlying systems.”

Sophos Chief Technologist, James Lyne, said that while the private sector was a powerful resource for governments, the public sector also had a responsibility for finding security professionals, an area which was mutually beneficial to both sectors.

“It is unrealistic for us to expect all of the public sector to bring expertise the private sector has available and to be competitive,” he said.

The Singapore Government has taken a two-pronged approach to security recruitment through a private-public student scholarships and a volunteer scheme called the Professional Cyber Defender Programme (PCDP).

The PCDP scheme will use seminars and roadshows to find the 2,000 more security professionals the Infocomm Development Agency (IDA) requires by 2015 to deal with emerging security issues such as cloud computing and compliance in the financial sector.

The IDA also launched its own scholarships to open a passage for students into the security profession, through six-month overseas attachments.

“We need a structure where the government is driving regulation, and providing the programmes and support at the national level, but the private sector continues to strive through normal commercial channels,” Lyne said.

“In the short term they provide the greatest path to providing professionals and training.”

Lyne said there also needed to be a more structured ‘Pan-Asian’ response to online security.

“We know that there is significant security talent being developed here and it’s a resource that is not really being tapped by local markets.

“As long as it is not tapped there’s a danger it will go to the wrong side, or may not be capitalised in general, and those people will move into general IT jobs where there’s a huge demand to protect the critical national infrastructure and deliver cyber security.”
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