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OASIS is excited to be hosting Borderless Cyber Europe 2016, an event which will focus on the value of threat information sharing and how security professionals can learn from the experiences of one another. The conference will be held at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on 8-9 September, 2016.

Few understand the value of sharing threat intelligence better than Freddy Dezeure.

A member of the program committee for Borderless Cyber Europe, Dezeure joined the European Commission in 1987 and has since held management functions in a variety of areas, including information technology. In 2011, he set up a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the European Union’s institutions and agencies, including the EU Commission, Parliament, and Europol. He has led the 25-member team ever since.

Dezeure sees Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 as a response to some of today’s challenges in digital security, especially the fact that many threats don’t distinguish between companies and countries.

“In today’s world, the main threats aren’t limited to a specific country,” Dezeure observes. “Criminals want to obtain ransoms for encrypted data, disrupt a service, or steal money and information. But those threats extend across borders, sectors, companies, and countries. Bad actors want to accomplish their aims anyway they can, even if that means attacking a target’s business suppliers and partners first.”

That’s not to say organizations don’t have an awareness of digital threats. They do, but in Dezeure’s mind, that awareness only goes so far.

“Companies and countries recognize there’s a growing problem, but they have insufficient means to mitigate risks on the technical level and on the board level,” he explains. “Organizations need a way to convert abstract risk into something over which they can have control. Once that happens, they need to develop a way they can effectively communicate that risk to their political leadership, shareholders, and other executives.”

That’s where Borderless Cyber Europe 2016 comes in. The conference encourages security practitioners with experience in threat intelligence to gather together, network with one another, and share their stories.

By openly discussing practical scenarios, those interested in pursuing security can use others’ experiences to better prepare themselves for the fight against digital threats and other risks.

“Ultimately, the event boils down to the practitioner,” Dezeure states. “The goal is to bring people together who have something unique to their name, something they have done, something in their practice that’s worth sharing. It’s those types of people who can ensure attendees will leave the conference with several ideas they can apply in practice once they return home.”

For more information on Borderless Cyber Europe 2016, please click here.