Cyber security is the next challenge for developing nations that require private sector help and key skills.
John Lyons, CEO of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, claimed that more aid should be given to developing countries to offer advice on cyber security to help them become more resilient.
Speaking at the National Security conference in London, Lyons said that most attacks come from beyond our shores, so that requires international engagement. He said that helping foreign governments fight cyber crime is ‘a huge elephant’ and some work has been completed under the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative, but a lot of work still needs to be done.
“It is not just about legislative efforts or helping law enforcement, but being better at fighting cyber crime,” he said.
“When government itself is insecure and you have a government official using a Hotmail account to exchange information and there is no connection between government and critical national infrastructure, you start to realise that there is a bigger job than you first thought and it seems to me that we are in a new era of nation building and it is in cyber space.”