Raj Samani, EMEA CTO Intel Security and former CISO at a large government department has shared his views on what a majority Conservative government will mean for the cyber security and tech industry.
Raj Samani, EMEA CTO Intel Security:
On Conservative’s plans to improve responses to cyber-crime with reforms to police training and expansion of “Cyber Specials” – volunteers from outside law enforcement with the skills to tackle cybercrime:
“Retraining police officers to be more cyber savvy is an absolute necessity. Cybercrime needs to be treated with the same level of severity as physical criminality. It’s a sinister and malicious crime that needs to be proactively pursued and addressed.
“Relying on volunteers and training the police force is one element – but this needs to extend to better public and private sector partnerships if we are to truly tackle cybercrime head on. The recent collaboration between Intel Security, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Dutch authorities, the U.S FBI, and other private sector partners to take downcriminal infrastructure supporting a ‘polymorphic’ botnet called Beebone is one example of collaboration in action. But if we are to seek out and target threats in real-time, closer ties between the public and private sector is key.
“It’s also important to remember that perpetrators may be attacking from beyond these shores – it’s a global crime, which requires a global solution. Consequently, the new government needs to consider how it can better work with international governments to defeat cybercrime.”
On plans to increase investment in digital training:
“If we are to keep up the pace of innovation, educating the next generation of entrepreneurs is key, but beyond general technology skills, there also needs to be a specific focus on cyber security. We need to create a framework for cyber security education in order to breed the future experts in this space, who will be able to tackle the threats of the future.”
Bio: Raj is currently working as the VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee EMEA, having previously worked as the Chief Information Security Officer for a large public sector organisation in the UK.He volunteers as the Cloud Security Alliance Chief Innovation Officer, and Special Advisor for the European CyberCrime Centre, and is on the advisory councils for Infosecurity Europe, and Infosecurity Magazine. In addition, Raj was previously the VP for Communications in the ISSA UK Chapter, having presided over the award for Chapter communications programme of the year 2008, and 2009, and was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame 2012.