Global Collaboration Proven Against Digital Threats

Written by Jasmine Tatter

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Digital threats are a global problem. Nations may have physical boundaries, but these boundaries don’t exist in the digital landscape. Instead, we have an interconnected international web of networks and systems that are vulnerable to a variety of digital threats.

And because of this level of connection on an international scale, we need to global collaboration to mitigate digital threats and protect national security, infrastructure, and private organizations. But what does global collaboration entail and what are the benefits? Let’s take a look.

Why Global Collaboration for Digital Threats?

The sophistication of cyberattacks has grown with the introduction of new technologies. With the global threat of cyberattacks, the international community is better served by banding together to mitigate that threat and help ensure everyone’s safety. The following are benefits of working together:

Keeping up with rapidly changing digital threat landscape

The digital threat landscape in changing so rapidly that it is difficult for any one organization or entity to keep up. Collaboration between organizations and entities, both public and private, makes it possible to share digital threat intelligence and best practices, making it possible to mount a collective defense.

Sharing resources

There are many resources required for top-level cybersecurity, including employees, knowledge and skill, and technology. Organizations can share many of these resources, making the attainment of a robust cybersecurity posture more cost-effective.

Sharing information

Staying informed is one of the best ways to defend against potential cyberthreats. Organizations can build their resilience by sharing information, ideally through an information-sharing platform, related to vulnerabilities, cyberthreats, and attack strategies.

Responding to digital threats more quickly

Collaboration can help an organization detect, respond to, and recover more quickly when a cyberattack occurs. This collaboration can include the sharing of information, skilled workers, and incident response teams.

Mounting a collective defense against digital threats

With a collective approach to defense, an organization not only protects themselves, but also the wider digital environment they are a part of. This improves their security and the security of other organizations.

Meeting regulatory compliance

When organizations collaborate, it makes it easier to develop and adopt industry best standards that can help them meet the compliance requirements established by regulatory bodies.

Learning across sectors

Collaboration can bridge sectors. This gives organizations in different sectors, such as finance, healthcare, private industry, and government agencies, the opportunity to learn from each others’ perspectives and experiences.

Extending beyond national boundaries

Since digital threats can come from any nation and can be launched in multiple nations simultaneously, international cooperation and collaboration can help countries, governments, and private industry fight cybercrime.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

The ITU is an agency of the United Nations (UN) that oversees a wide range of information and communication technology issues, including cybersecurity. The ITU launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda to act as a framework that is supported by five strategic pillars and is intended as a guide for international collaboration in the area of information security. The five pillars are as follows:

  • Legal – The focus here is on harmonizing the laws and regulations related to cybersecurity across the globe. This includes laws and regulations regarding cybercrime, cybersecurity, and data protection.
  • Technical – This relates to all measures that are related to managing cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity standards and protocols, and existing technical institutions.
  • Organizational – This is focused on cybersecurity policies and organizational structures and the agencies that are responsible for them. This includes national cybersecurity strategies and frameworks.
  • Capacity-building – This encompasses all endeavors related to cybersecurity awareness, training, and education, including public awareness, professional training, education programs, and cybersecurity research.
  • Cooperation – The focus here is on the partnerships, cooperative agreements, and information sharing that occurs between agencies and public and private entities.

In addition to the Global Cybersecurity Agenda framework, it is vital that law enforcement agencies around the world work together to fight cybercrime. Local, state, and national authorities, such as the FBI and Europol, can work together and with private cybersecurity companies to share information that can help catch cybercriminals. This allows authorities to work as quickly as cybercriminals in coordinating their efforts on a global scale.

Final Word…

A cyberattack can originate from anywhere in the world and can be launched to any government agency, utility, corporation, or other organization in the world. Borders mean nothing in the digital word, and that means organizations must act accordingly.

By working together to share resources and information and develop the strategies, best practices, and policies required to ensure full protection from cybercrime, organizations have a better chance of avoiding an attack and recovering quickly if they fall victim to one.

At the organization level, it is important to work with a cybersecurity partner to protect against digital threats. This is the jumping off point to collaborating with other entities. At Platinum Technologies, we offer a full security assessment and security consulting services. We will help you ensure your endpoint and network security is adequate to protect against a wide range of digital threats.

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