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BAE appoints cyber security forum committee

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter
BAE Systems has appointed ten senior business figures to the steering committee for its new cyber security forum and lobbying group.
The Intelligence Network was launched in July to address the lack of collaboration between companies in tackling cyber crime, as criminals begin to develop similar capabilities to hostile nation states.It followed a government announcement in April that criminals were launching more online attacks against British businesses than ever before, and called for more collaboration to thwart this.The new forum will be spearheaded by senior figures from organisations which produce hundreds of billions of dollars of revenue and are being threatened by cyber attacks.
BAE appoints cyber security forum committee

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The members of steering committee, which are to have their first meeting on Wednesday 29 August, are::: James Hatch, director of cyber at BAE Systems
:: Andrzej Kawalec, security CTO at Vodafone
:: Paul Lynch, CISO at ITV
:: Roxanne Morison, principal policy adviser at CBI
:: James Sullivan, cyber programme lead at RUSI
:: Mark Swift, CISO at Trafigura
:: Peder Jungck, vice president of intelligence solutions at BAE
:: Christina Richmond, program vice president at IDC security services
:: Sian John, executive security adviser at Microsoft
:: Jonathan Luff, co-founder at CyLonThe committee could look at producing a research agenda for academic institutions and helping researchers to secure funding by showing that their work will have an impact on society.
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The Intelligence Network will be helping start-ups tackle longer-term problems

Longer-term problems

Speaking to Sky News, the director of cyber at BAE, James Hatch, explained: "One of the things we plan to do is to set a research agenda exploring longer term problems."Other initiatives have covered specific technology challenges, but we as a larger network want to provide visibility of the need for entrepreneurs, academics and innovators to work together to tackle the longer term cyber security problems that face society.""In the UK, to receive funding from a research council you have to demonstrate economic and societal impact, and how the research benefits individuals and organisations."The UK academic research community have told us how important it is for both the funding and delivery of their work that big companies like us and other members of The Intelligence Network collaborate with academics."The Intelligence Network aims to bring organisations together to create a communal understanding of the challenges we face, and already has over 700 members signed up," Mr Hatch added.A spokesperson for the the Department for Business, which runs the UK Research and Innovation fund, told Sky News in a statement:"Science and innovation are at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy and we are investing an additional €7bn in R&D to 2022, the largest increase in public R&D funding for 40 years.
"The Government wants to ensure that the UK reaps the economic and societal benefits of our excellent university research and encourages collaboration between businesses, universities and other institutions when applying for funding.""Research is just one area that we are looking at," Mr Hatch added, saying that the network was "agnostic to the type of action needed to protect the digital society and plan to adopt measures that will most effectively advance our purpose ethically"."The types of action that we pursue are likely to include establishing communities of interest and collaboration, developing and promoting business and technology best practice to address security challenges and exploring new business models for security provision that operate for the benefit of society."
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Organisations like the NCSC are also working to tackle longer-term issues
The Intelligence Network will also look at contributing to government policy, although the trans-jurisdictional nature of the internet has limited the value of single-state solutions.Mr Hatch said that the technology sector had crashed head first into the older-fashioned nation state view of the world where the government does all the thinking."We're seeing a shift in who bears the burden," Mr Hatch said, regarding the onus on companies to collaborate more and share intelligence on cyber security threats.He added that as the steering committee was yet to meet, the network was being deliberately broad and agnostic about what direction it would go in.As a business forum it could "change the economic structure slightly" for start-ups, he said, pooling demand or changing regulatory incentives."Entrepreneurs often start development of new products by looking at a small problem and simple solution that can secure investment, and growing from there based on the financial backing that they receive," Mr Hatch explained.""CISOs in big companies tell us their biggest challenge is integrating all this technology.
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"We are not short of bright ideas and widgets - we are short of effective, integrated cyber security so people can do their job easily. We are looking at how we can help entrepreneurs see beyond the initial economic incentives to tackle longer term problems. "The minutes of the steering committee meeting would be published for the network's 700 members afterwards, Mr Hatch added.
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