Breaking Down Borders: The Reality, Challenges, and Opportunities of Our Global Information Age

What we see happening today is what we’ve been predicting would happen for years. Emerging technologies and business models, including big data and global supply chains, are providing organizations with exciting new opportunities to do business and bring innovation to the marketplace. At the same time, those developments are converging to amplify cyber security risks.

It is this reality that has inspired OASIS to host Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on 8-9 September.

John Sabo, a member of the program committee for the conference, sees Borderless Cyber Europe as a response to today’s multidimensional challenges in digital security.

“The challenges facing organizations surpass the need to create unique risk-management strategies,” he observes. “They beg the question: Are there standards-based tools or methodologies that companies everywhere can use to identify and then effectively manage security risks?”

Recognized as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor back in 2011, Sabo understands the importance of global standards when it comes to protecting against digital threats. He is the former Director of Global Government Relations at CA Technologies, where he focused on trusted infrastructure technologies, policies, and practices. Additionally, Sabo has provided leadership in the industry and in data security, privacy, and critical infrastructure protection initiatives in standards organizations such as OASIS and in collaboration with government committees and initiatives led by NIST and DHS.

His years of experience have helped illuminate an important insight: organizations are not concerned about the same types of threats, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“It’s sort of like the blind men and the elephant,” Sabo observes. “Everyone has their own unique perspective, their own resources, their own limitations and strengths, but not the ability to see the complete picture. At the moment, we’re still trying to figure out how to piece everything together into a more comprehensive and effective framework. It’s hard work, but we’re all in the same boat, so figuring it out alone is not a productive option.”

That’s where Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 fits in.

Fundamentally, the conference acknowledges the demise of many barriers and borders to information flows. That presents a challenge, but it also empowers communities of practitioners to network and engage in trusted collaboration with one another towards a solution.

“The value of Borderless Cyber Europe rests with how we have divided the event into two days,” Sabo explains. “On Day One, we begin with the technical specifics of the practitioner’s perspective. We then move to the decision maker’s perspective on Day Two. That way, we ensure everyone who attends the conference engages in meaningful conversation with one another and leaves with some practical lessons they can immediately apply at their work.”

Borderless Cyber Europe is an important conference for anyone looking to share their stories and learn about others’ experiences with threat intelligence.

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