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GCSP Holds Course on Devising a National Cyber Security Strategy

On 2-6 October, 2017, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) held a course entitled, “Devising and Implementing and National Cyber Security Strategy” at the Maison de la Paix.

The course brought together both military and civilian cyber experts currently engaged in cyber security policy formation.

One such participant, Ms Aysha Bin Haji, Digital Analyst (1st Rank), with the Ministry of the Interior’s office in Bahrain, took a few moments to share impressions from the course.

GCSP: Tell us a little about Digital Forensics.  What does it entail and tell us how does it fit into the world cyber security?

Aysha Bin Haji: Digital Forensics comes into the picture when there is a need to encompass digital evidence in supporting investigations to a crime. We can say, for example, that a computer, system or a smart device could be the “means” in which crimes may be committed or used as a “target”. Today, work around Digital Forensics has expanded even further, and now includes the possibilities of helping to uncover artefacts related to many criminal activities presented online, like selling of fake medicines and patent and intellectual property theft.

Some of the traditional crimes which are cyber enabled, like financial crimes, crimes against children and advancing to cyberattacks like DDOs, ransomware and terrorism -- regardless of the level or intent -- know no borders, either physical or virtual, can cause serious harm and pose very real threats to victims and nations worldwide.

GCSP: You participated in the GCSP course, “Devising and Implementing a National Cyber Security Strategy”. Did you find the course helpful? Did anything topic or course focus surprise you in any way?

Aysha Bin Haji: Joining this course from the GCSP showed me vividly that a national framework can be implemented -- not only to be defensive, but to enact proactive measure towards the ever-evolving threats of cybercrimes. Providing such strategic approaches based on a nation analysis to its critical infrastructure and targeted sectors would reduce the impact of such cyberattacks and help in understanding and defining its responsibilities and regulations in and towards its geopolitical landscape.

Cyber Security, a task carried out by security agencies like a national CSIRT provides a solid foundation, if clear policies and procedure are in line with Nations Security objectives. And, the implementation of a National Cyber Security Strategy is an inevitable approach. Again, it would be a role carried out by the nation to make cyber security a part of the awareness in citizens. Ultimately, it becomes a way of life!

Courses like these are rich containers for experts from all over the world. They provide a space for sharing valuable tactics and mining out valuable inputs, which is increasingly important in the current world order and threat perceptions.

GCSP: As our society become even more technologically complex, Cyber Security will become even more important.  What advice do you have to young people thinking about entering such a field of work?

Aysha Bin Haji: To young people, who ache to join this field, I have one thing to say: sometimes it’s a thankless job! J But, it’s truly satisfying if you love your nation. Join in the fight against the ghosts of cyberattacks. Put your best foot forward!