CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL INFORMATION SHARING 2012
On the 28th of March, the B-CCENTRE in cooperation with LSEC is organising a conference in Brussels on the topic of National Information Sharing. The agenda of the day includes a series of presentations of existing initiatives from both public and private sector which are already contributing today to the facilitation of collecting and sharing information regarding cyber-attacks. Speakers will present activities established in France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany. Different actors involved in Belgium will take the floor to highlight the specific situation and needs regarding information sharing in Belgium. The next steps to be taken will be debated in a panel discussion and recommendations for the road ahead will be formulated.
Background reading on the conference theme is provided in the briefing note attached to this mail. The target audience for the conference are all private and public actors confronted and dealing with cyber-attacks as well as those in charge of tackling and combatting cybercrime. The conference is free of charge and open to the general public, but subject to enrolment.
Further information on the speakers, a detailed agenda and possibility for registration will be available soon. Stay tuned on http://www.b-ccentre.be!
Brussels, 28 March 2012 – 9.30 to 17.30
More and more cybercrime is becoming part of our daily reality. Hardly a week goes by without news
of cyber-related attacks on both governments and private companies and the trend seems only to
accelerate in 2012. Public and private sector are putting effort in combatting cybercrime. In Belgium
the Belgian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education was launched in
2011. Similar initiatives are taking place in other European countries. 2011 was also the year in which
different countries adopted national cyber security strategies. Both the European Commission and
the Council of Europe promote and support the development of such national strategies as well as
the creation of national centres aiming to increase capacities for dealing with cybercrime as well as
knowledge and information sharing. Countries aspire to be a safe place for business and for their
citizens alike, and to safeguard thus the basis for economic growth based on trust.
An interdisciplinary approach is a pre-requisite for efficiently dealing with the phenomenon of
cybercrime. It is clear that it will take a lot of effort and commitment to develop training and improve
information sharing. It will take time to build trust and efficient cooperation among the different
professionals to be involved, such as law enforcement, judges, lawyers, academics, operators,
businesses, fraud and security experts and policy makers. While international cooperation is
required, it is clear from international organisations that this new culture of cyber security will have
to be developed first at national level.
In response to the multi-faceted dimension of the cybercrime threat, a number of countries have
already set up CERTs, fraud, spam and botnet reporting centres which bring together industry and
authorities. While each initiative brings a unique expertise, it also brings its own limitations, as there
is no comprehensive initiative that can help governments and industry to understand and monitor
the threat landscape in real time.
The need for Information Sharing is the key subject of the 28 March conference. The concept of an
Information Sharing Centre entails a centre which collects information and reports from various
sources, including citizens, and dispatches it to all interested stakeholders: internet service providers,
security vendors, advertisers, brands, but also network security agencies, law enforcement, CERTs,
communication and privacy authorities.
An Information Sharing Centre does not pretend to address all the security and safety issues which
impact the trust of citizens in the online environment, but it does provide a coordinated response
and contributes to the empowerment of consumers, the improvement of the quality and reliability of
online services, enabling enforcement and the promotion of business compliance and trust in our
The agenda of the conference includes a series of presentations of existing initiatives from both
public and private sector which are already contributing today to the facilitation of collecting and
sharing information. Speakers will present activities established in France, Luxembourg, the
Netherlands and Germany. Different actors involved in Belgium will take the floor to highlight the
specific situation and needs regarding information sharing in Belgium. The next steps to be taken will
be debated in a panel discussion and recommendations for the road ahead will be formulated.
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