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  • 26 May 2017

    Crucial challenges and opportunities for British-Polish collaboration in the field of cybersecurity were discussed during a conference organised by the Kościuszko Institute and Polish Embassy in London on 5 June.


    One day ahead of Europe’s number one information security conference and exhibition - Infosecurity Europe - taking place in London on 6th-8th June, and just two weeks after the unprecedented ransomware cyberattack, a conference held at the Polish embassy in London discussed crucial challenges and opportunities for British-Polish collaboration in the field of cybersecurity.


    At the beginning of May, the Polish government issued a strategic document regarding Poland’s security in cyberspace that underlined the need to build “a strong international position for Poland in the area of cybersecurity” and “promote Polish technical solutions and innovative projects at the international level”.


    International cooperation is crucial for building security in cyberspace. We need to cooperate on strategic and operational levels to be more resilient and more innovative in terms of meeting cyber challenges. Our success on decrypting the Enigma code, changing the course of world history, represents a unique heritage in the context of this exponentially rising threat.


    Poland closely cooperates with other countries within the framework of organizations such as the EU, NATO, the UN or the OSCE. Nevertheless, Brexit brings new light on the need to tighten our bilateral relations and identify fields of collaboration.


    The United Kingdom’s exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union” White Paper set up a new vision for international cooperation and provided the UK's „commitment to cooperation on cyber security with European and global allies to build capability in countering cyber threats and to ensure the continuation of a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace”.


    Poland acknowledges its cybersecurity needs but also cybersecurity potential, that could bring economic and diplomatic benefits. We know that cyberspace does not only impose challenges on our security and prosperity but also creates opportunities for our economy and society. We should reinforce our partnership and reap mutual benefits. The UK may serve as an example of how to establish a competitive and highly innovative sector of cybersecurity products and services. In the same time, Poland is already an attractive place for British companies and Venture Capital funds to invest in the booming ICT and cybersecurity sector. Establishing lasting cooperation between Polish and British innovation and investment ecosystems will bring fruits for startups, big companies and VC funds from both geographies.


    Keynote speeches by Mr Edward Lucas, Editor of ‘the Economist’, Author of ‘Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security and the Internet’ and Ms Izabela Albrycht, Chairperson of The Kosciuszko Institute.



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