CYBER-SECURITY – Strategies and Solutions for a Safe Virtual Environment

Bussines VIP.pmdWhen we talk about Cyber-Security, we widely refer to our most important objective, the citizen, and more specifically, to his safety. Nowadays, a significant part of what represents our lives unravels in the virtual environment. Thus, each state must not neglect, but to be prepared to ensure the security of their citizens in this environment.

Without trivializing this state of affairs, the cyber-crime component is the one core concern of ours, not only public institutions but everyone in the Cyber-Security field, be they international, European, national, or private institutions. On one hand, we have to take this component into consideration, but most of all, we have to try and fight against it. This is the battle at hand: a battle to fight Cyber-Security criminality, a battle to prevent the development of this type of criminal activity.

I purposefully mentioned the implication of all the principal players from the Cyber-Security field. Of course the states with their specialized institutions are obliged to ensure the security of their citizens. On the other hand, there is a type of common and collective responsibility from which private companies cannot be excluded.

Leaving aside the economical aspect of the relations between national or international and private institutions, there is an imperious necessity to work together to find solutions, in order to fight and prevent Cyber-Crime. First of all, we have the legislative support that develops and adapts itself to the reality of our days and national and transnational infrastructures. Furthermore, we could hope that we, as a society, will benefit from the technical expertise and intelligence of the human resources from the private environment.

Another type of relationship which is indispensable for any type of approach in the struggle against Cyber-Crime is the inter-institutional one. We cannot advance in the correct direction; we cannot get to benefit from the safety we are fighting for, unless we have a close connection between institutions, resulting in a functioning National Cyber-Security System.

To quote the Cyber-Security Strategy of Romania (CSS), „the Supreme Defense Council is the authority that coordinates the strategic activity of CSS. The Government of Romania, through the Ministry of Communication and for Information Society provides the coordination of other public authorities in order to achieve policy coherence and implementation of government strategies in the field”. Summing up the activity of the Ministry of Communication and for Information Society, concerning this task, we could pass as the coordinator, of our partner institutions, of the implementation and development of the legislative framework, which refers to the practice, technicalities, and even to the infrastructure.

I would like to point out the implementation of the Unique Digital Agenda at the European level, in the national operability. The Unique Digital Agenda covers an important chapter, Cyber-Security. We have taken several important steps so far. There are completed projects, projects almost finalized, and projects ready to be implemented as well as projects conducted with national and European institutions.

Beyond the concern to align our legislation, to achieve a coherent legislation between EU and international provisions with the national ones, there are ongoing projects which are supported financially, at European level and are unwinding as we speak, being coordinated and implemented by national institutions.

people2Romania’s Cyber-Security strategy calls for the development of CERT entities. The National Center for Incident Response of Cyber-Security – CERT-RO is under the coordination of the Ministry of Communication and for Information Society. The CERT structures, in the states

where they exist, have very clear and important prerogatives in the Cyber-Security field. In Romania, CERT-RO is „a structure of expertise and R&D in the field of Cybernetics Infrastructure Protection, which has the necessary capacity to prevent, analyze, identify and respond to Cyber-Security incidents within IT systems which provide public utility or provides services for the information society”.

Returning to the subject of taking joint responsibility towards our society and recalling the successful equation of partnerships, generating solutions in the field of Cyber-Security, I would like to introduce you to a pilot project which I hope to be one of great success, led by CERT- RO, along with our partners at USTDA (United States Trade and Development Agency).

The Initiation of this project was signed in the month of June, 2014 and the inauguration itself, occurred in the month of May of 2015. Almost a year after the inauguration, we have every reason to believe that this will not be the only partnership project of its kind and which seems to be turning into a success. A success can become a benefit, not only national, but a regional one as well. I will not go into specifics by bringing data showing the activity of this

center, because I would like to let the people directly involved, make their work and results known. I will only go so far as to talk to you about this Center, as an innovative project and from what we know so far, as I have mentioned before, a successful one.

Cyber-Security and confidence in public services is a national priority for the Ministry of Communication and for Information Society, which I have represented as secretary of state for a number of years, and it is a basic requirement for the development of the electronic infrastructure, electronic network data transmission, electronic services and communication. It also aims to focus ceaseless efforts to develop opportunities in order to strengthen CYBER IT competencies and also to identify new ways in several fields such as institutional capacity building, human resource development and basic education.

Bebe Viorel IONICĂ

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