Kaspersky presented “The 3rd Online Policy Forum” last September 14, 2021. It heavily discussed the cyber resources and expertise gap of Asia Pacific (APAC) countries amidst rapid digitalization. The forum highlights the most critical aspect in improving cyber capacity building. 

With the theme “Greater Cyber-resilience through Cyber Capacity Building,” the online forum tackles the needs and goals of APAC countries in cyber capacity building, education, and awareness, and whether or not the State is responsible for achieving them.

Kaspersky’s APAC Online Policy Forum III was joined by a high-level panel of speakers from the region including:

  • Mr. Craig Jones, INTERPOL Cybercrime Director
  • Professor Li Yuxiao, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies; and Secretary-General of the Cyber Security Association of China
  • Professor Seungjoo Kim, Professor of the School of Cybersecurity of Korea University; Head of the Department of Cyber Defense of Korea University; and Member of the Presidential Committee on the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Chris Connell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky

These experts clarified the cybersecurity gaps stakeholders in APAC should address urgently to build safer cyberspace against the issue of the nation’s limited cyber-resilience capabilities. 

“In the Cyber Age, as we experience an accelerated digital transformation, we’re facing security challenges that put a strain on cybersecurity resources. Investing in cyber talent and promoting security awareness and digital education for users are the keys to success in building cyber-resilient digital societies and economies,” said Chris Connell.

Craig Jones pointed out that a new paradigm has emerged for the law enforcement amid the rising cyber threats and cybercriminal activities all over the world. 

“One of the key challenges that INTERPOL identified are the gaps in law enforcement cyber capabilities and capacity, nationally, regionally and globally. Whilst these remain criminal networks are able to expand their infrastructure and activities. To overcome this challenge, law enforcement must be a trusted partner beyond national borders and sectors. Being collaborative, inclusive and open will help us reduce the gaps, bridging the divides in capabilities and capacity,” Jones added.

Professor Li Yuxiao echoed Jones’ points in focusing on the long-term and joint building of a community with a shared future in cyberspace. He also emphasized that cyber capacity building in APAC should “focus on network infrastructure, be alert to the challenges brought by cyber security, and strengthen the development of personnel training system” as the region continues to harness the power of Industry 4.0.

“As we enter the era of the 4th Revolution, cybersecurity is becoming more important than ever. Now, it’s time for us to think about a more effective workforce development program to train security experts specialized in each industrial sector,” noted Professor Seungjoo Kim.

In relation to this, Kaspersky has also expanded its SafeBoard internships program in APAC this year. The program enables local candidates from Singapore to choose from a variety of technical and non-technical positions and to be exposed to the growing industry of cybersecurity.

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