Global Notes: Recent GCA Adventures in Europe

By Aimée Larsen Kirkpatrick

November and December have been busy months for the Global Cyber Alliance team as we work to close out 2018. It’s been a fantastic year and a productive few months.

GCA added a member to the ranks of its Board of Directors with the addition of Sir Robert Wainwright, Senior Partner for Deloitte’s Cyber practice in North West Europe. Prior to his role with Deloitte, Wainwright served as Executive Director of Europol. We look forward to the expertise and value he will add in shaping GCA.

On November 12, GCA was signatory to the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyber Space which was launched by French President Emmanuel Macron at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  This high level declaration calls for developing principles for cooperation around a number of items to better secure cyberspace. The Paris Call has received the backing of numerous organizations including governments, civil-societies and companies.

A week later GCA was in Brussels with the Cyber Security Tech Accord talking about efforts both organizations are taking to encourage better security. At the event the GCA DMARC Leaderboard was unveiled showing the uptake in DMARC implementation around the world. It is an interactive tool that allows the user to look at various implementation levels by country and sector. We’re continuing to add more domains all the time – let us know if you have data you’d like to contribute.

At the end of November GCA’s president and CEO, Philip Reitinger made the trip to Geneva to meet with the World Economic Forum’s First Annual Gathering of the Centre for Cybersecurity to which he was recently appointed to the Board of Directors. The Centre for Cybersecurity is an international public-private partnership working to reduce global cyber-attacks, contain current and future attacks, and deter cyber-crime. Earlier today the Centre for Cybersecurity released the report from the meeting highlighting three ways the Centre will approach cyber challenges: Understanding the threat landscape and risks; shaping global processes in the cybersecurity environment; and building the capacities required to enhance improve cybersecurity. The full report outlines the outcomes from the meetings and specific areas of work that the Centre will undertake.

GCA also welcomed two new ambassadors into the fold. Darren Argyle, Chief Information Security Officer with icare in Australia, and Deepak Prabhakara, Chief Technology Officer at Red Sift in the United Kingdom. We welcome both and extend our thanks to all of our ambassadors for the work they are doing to help us achieve our mission.

2018 has been a productive year for the Global Cyber Alliance, and we are looking ahead to 2019, delivering more value to our stakeholders. We will continue our work in IoT security and smart cities, to build out our DMARC initiative to encourage global adoption, to support Quad9, and to develop more tools to provide value and reduce cyber risk for all.