Commonwealth Security Group
In October 2021, Mr. Cameron Boardman, Director of the OCSC, was invited to contribute his perspective on cybersecurity concerns in the Pacific and policy thought leadership by the UK based Commonwealth Security Group (CSG) for their Commonwealth Security Review: Emerging Technology Insights 2021.
The CSG is a think tank formed to promote security corporation across the Commonwealth. Their aim is to provide a platform for all stakeholders, within the public or private sector, to influence security decisions at both the policy and business level.
The CSG is rooted in the Commonwealth charter on peace and security. Through their specialist programmes, events, research, and publications, the SCG seeks to build multi-stakeholder partnerships, inform security policy, and promote the Commonwealth committee as an engine for addressing security challenges.
In the 2021 edition, Cameron discusses OCSC’s work in the Pacific region and the role it continues to play since the Centre opened its doors in 2016, the impact the Cyber Security Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM) is having, and his perspectives on the global cyber security policy making environment:
“There is not a singular way to implement digital change and that each country specific circumstances, culture and geography must be taken into consideration at every level of the policy development phase”
“Until we get the fundamentals of appropriate regulatory systems that can adequately respond to violations, it is going to be very difficult to prove cyber security world over”
Enjoy reading the full Emerging Technology Insight publication or read the OCSC extract only.
Brink News, the edge of risk
In May 2021, Mr. Cameron Boardman Director of OCSC was invited to contribute a cybersecurity and policy thought leadership perspective for the US based on-line platform Brink news. Brink news specialise in newsworthy articles that underpin “conversations and insights from the edge of global businesses” resulting in Mr. Boardman discussing “Finding the balance between infrastructure and cybersecurity“:
“Governments are now openly speaking about “grey-zone” tactics. These tactics include organized and large-scale cyber attacks, deliberate disinformation and misinformation campaigns and other focused digital acts designed to cause economic or social harm — and they are increasing in sophistication.
Military advisers talk about the likelihood of “kinetic war,” which encompasses a combination of traditional warfare on land, in the air and on the sea and the new domains of digital and space. These environments require significant readjustments in domestic and global policy settings in order to respond to such multidimensional challenges.”
Read the full article and his perspective.
Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
Ms. Kate Pacalt-Shady (Head of Marketing and Communications) and Dr. James Boorman (Head of Research and Capacity Building) collaborated with OCSC’s Global Constellation (GC) partners, the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) and the Cybersecurity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA) to inform and co-author an article on the GC’s impact in the area of cyber security capacity building, and how this unique three way partnership provides for a wider berth in reach to drive the CMM deployment mandate. The GC lead the deployment of the CMM in their respective regions, and provide a point of contact for international partners and regional governments seeking to engage in the CMM review.
The article was written for the Global Cyber Expertise Magazine (8th Edition) audiences, and contributed its dialogue to the agenda for better global collaboration and coordination in cyber capacity building, the related projects, and touches on the independent findings, from an external study commissioned by the UK Foreign, Development & Commonwealth Office (UK FCDO) in 2020:
The CMM reviews…. “drove enhanced awareness and capacity building in the area of cybersecurity, provided a foundation for the national cybersecurity strategy development and improved credibility of the cybersecurity agenda within governments.” Countries from all parts of the world also expressed that “the CMM helped to define roles and responsibilities within government, resulted in increased funding for cybersecurity capacity building and underpinned capacity building programs by international partners.” Read the full article on page 62.
Australian Information Security Association
In June 2020, the OCSC team were invited by the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), to contribute a thought leadership article in AISA’s newly established Cyber Today Magazine (Edition 2). The thought leadership article was titled ‘The regional threat: coordinating a better response’ , and discussed Australia’s cyber threat landscape and how the OCSC is helping to strengthen cyber security capacity building in the Pacific region.
The article also discussed areas of OCSC’s submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the Cyber and Critical Technology International Engagement Strategy, providing readers with an understanding on OCSC’s stance and perspectives from OCSC’s subject matter expertise. It highlights strategic recommendations that contribute in off-setting national security risk exposures, and how to build resilience into Australia’s regionalised cyber security operating environment.
“The OCSC submission stated that the key to international cyber and critical technology objectives should be to build sustainable resilience, ensure integrity of information and technology, and strengthen relationships. At minimum, these objectives should include the consideration of capacity, supply chain, natural disasters and pandemics, and purposive, persistent and incidental attacks. OCSC further advised that the national cyber security strategy should position and establish a region-wide systemic view on cyber security and technology risks, and should support nations with their individual risk assessments and treatment plans. This is particularly important for digital transformation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Building a stronger region is important to reduce cyber harm to Australia and our partner countries”.
Read the full story on page 68.
CMM in the Pacific for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Magazine
In June 2021, Dr. James Boorman (Head of Research and Capacity Building) was invited to write about his experience of performing a remote Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM) review in the Pacific region during the COIVD-19 pandemic.
The article was written for the Global Cyber Expertise Magazine (9th Edition), which aims to provide cyber policymakers and stakeholders insight on cyber capacity building projects, policies and developments globally.
Read the full article on page 24.