On the 8th and 9th of May, the CSIT 9th Annual World Cyber Security Summit in Belfast. The singular feature of this summit is the fact that it unites the international research community, leaders of industry, creators of government policy and new companies and small and middle-size businesses from around the world under one roof.
For researchers and technologists, this event serves to foster initiatives which contribute to a
safer, more digital society, whilst the commercial sector see it as an
opportunity to learn from, and contribute to the growth of new global
businesses related to security. Within the scope of the event, the BCSC forms
part of a worldwide alliance known as Global EPIC, which
has two fundamental aims:
- To develop ecosystems by sharing experiences (education, R+D+i, etc.), as well as offering tools
to explore business opportunities In a way, this is an ethical focus, interested
in aiding development in less technologically developed countries.
- To aid the evolution of skills
in less developed ecosystems.
To an extent, this is an ethical perspective, focused on helping less
technologically developed countries evolve to maturity.
Global EPIC has over 30 members and representatives from the most highly
developed ecosystems (Israel, the USA, Canada, the UK, Japan, Taiwan, etc.) as
well as from the Basque Country, via the BCSC.
BCSC, invited to the
3 months ago, representatives from Northern Ireland visited us in order
to learn about our skills and seek out future opportunities for collaboration. These
opportunities are already taking shape and inroads are being made into talent
generation and research.
In reciprocation for the Irish visit, Javier Diéguez Barriocanal, the
Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre, was invited to take part in the
CSIT 9th Annual World Cyber Security Summit which is one of the UK's main
events in this sector, and one of the most important in the region as a whole.
Javier took part in the
panel discussion entitled "Global
Cyber Innovation Ecosystems", which
emphasised the fact that cybersecurity is at the heart of the privacy and trust
of our digital society, and that today this sector is suffering from a
worldwide shortage of human capital. This shortage becomes more acute when we
recognise that we are currently at a point where we need to develop skills
across the globe, and that governments, academics, professionals, industry and
human capital all win when innovation in security is done properly. During the
session, the panel explored development models for human capital, such as the
role of cybersecurity in scaleably and sustainably
facilitating regional development, and looked at how we can advance on a global
scale in a more coordinated fashion.
Moreover, during the panel
discussion, Javier Diéguez was able to describe the work of the BCSC and the
initiatives it is working on, on behalf of the Basque Government, to foster the
application of cybersecurity measures in industry and boost entrepreneurship in
the sector. Likewise, he emphasised the work of the BDIH laboratories,
the BIND 4.0 accelerator, the BCSC's international vocation,
our economic development and the generation of local employment opportunities.
Finally, Diéguez highlighted the type of profile to bear in mind when encouraging
foreign investment and setting up businesses. He stressed the fact that
developing skills in cybersecurity is fundamental to such crucial aspects as
competitiveness in industry or the workplace, and the reason why people believe
that it is more relevant to view the sector from a State-wide rather than a
Regional perspective when discussing technological autonomy, human development
and talent retention.