On 8-9 September, 2016, OASIS will host Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Those on the program committee are excited to bring the conference to cyber threat intelligence analysts, risk management experts, and executives in both the public and private sectors, especially considering the positive reactions generated by last year’s event.

Jamie Clark, a senior executive and General Counsel at OASIS, remembers the event well. He should; he was one of the two moderators who introduced speakers and made sure the conference ran smoothly.

“Borderless Cyber 2015 punched way above its weight in terms of speaker quality, impressions, and lasting effect, he said, adding that “our objectives were nicely met.”

Clark has been involved with OASIS for 15 years. Previously, he was the Director of Standards, who was responsible for supervising 60+ technical committees. In his current role, Clark is now responsible for forging strategic partnerships with other relevant organizations, among other duties.

For Clark, the notion of a “Borderless Cyber Europe” encapsulates two important thrusts in the field of cyber threat protection. The first is a rising interest of governments and organizations to protect against digital threats on a variety of fronts. OASIS recognizes the importance of this development, and it understands the utility of cyber threat intelligence as a threat protection tool. It is the intention of Borderless Cyber Europe to help the two meet.

The second thrust is the notion that threat protection has become a global movement.

“There are significant transnational commonalities and steps needed to do threat protection no matter where you are,” Clark observed. “Originally, only a few governments engaged in this type of activity behind closed doors. But there is now a newer model that is challenging the tradition of keeping information secret. That model, the idea of confronting threats globally, is a new paradigm that demands the use of open systems and communication channels.”

With that in mind, those who attend this year’s conference can expect to come away with a familiarity of emerging technologies, mitigation methodologies, and threat management strategies that is both broader and deeper than they might obtain from other sources.

Additionally, a European focus will help attendees based in the region learn from one another and discuss threats that are locally meaningful to them, not to mention gain a better understanding of policy- and board-level mitigation steps organizations can take to protect against threats.

All of those takeaways will help to emphasize the conference’s central theme: collective harm and responsibility.

“Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 is all about herd immunity,” Clark explained. “At this stage in the game, we have all realized there’s no way for governments and organizations to successfully build a wall that keeps the figurative villagers in and the figurative tigers out. There’s simply too much going on every day. But if people all around the world up their game, it benefits each and every community. That is because we are all one herd, so the level of herd immunity cultivated in each organization and government benefits us all.”

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