Can we collaborate better in cyber security by studying the dark side?

Can we collaborate better in cyber security by studying the dark side?

Matt Hancock

You can’t go to a cyber event these days without hearing a call for “greater collaboration and less competition” needed across all industries, nation states and companies – both public and private.

This, of course, is no bad thing. But what moves are being made in the industry to promote this?

Positive ambitions were broadcast recently at the launch of a new centre dedicated to cyber innovation, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), officially opened by Matt Hancock (pictured above), former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The centre is run by Plexal in the East London Innovation Centre located on the Here East digital and creative campus, delivered in partnership with Deloitte’s cyber team and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.

Lydia Ragoonanan, LORCA’s Director, spoke about the centre being a “convening force” across industries, not just for the cyber community.

LORCA will help some of the UK’s brightest cyber security stars across all stages of growth address business challenges and achieve greater impact with their innovative solutions.

A podcast of my interviews with Lydia and several of the first cohort of start-ups will be available soon, as well as with Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ.

One of those start-ups, Surevine, is taking an excellent step in the right direction and developing a distributed architecture which better supports supply-chain and cross-domain information sharing.

At Cyber 2018 at Chatham House, also last week, greater openness was called for to guarantee IoT security. Hackers are among the most open and communicative community in the fifth domain. So could we learn something from the dark side?

Patryk Pilat, Head of Pre-Sales Engineering at Blueliv says we can. He explains that innovation thrives amongst black hats because they are unimpeded by regulation. Blueliv’s Threat Exchange Network is leading the way in this area as it’s designed to protect enterprises and the community against today’s latest threats. By providing expert threat data, the Blueliv Community allows you and your peers to improve incident response and get recognised. 

I also recently met with McAfee’s Nick Viney, Regional VP of the UK, Ireland and South Africa. McAfee is driving a “Together is Power” industry movement – a partnership across the industry which recognises that you cannot solve breaches alone. Nick believes that if you are more open and there’s a culture of collaboration, which involves sourcing the best talent out there, then “we can win this battle and move forwards together.” They’ve also teamed with other companies to form the SIA (The McAfee Security Innovation Alliance) which pulls the collective power together for solutions.

So strides are being made, the awareness is there. However, as one speaker from Cyber 2018 at Chatham House stated, public and private partnership is not enough, participation is needed too.

How do you think we can collaborate better? Thoughts?

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