After more than two decades of, first, trying to understand and, then, to translate the role that those in charge of organizations have to play in technology -for our interests, in 'cyber'-, it is clear that one has seen changes, or have begun to see them, in a positive sense. When it comes to organizations-state, one of such changes, not negligible, but obvious, given the situation, is the main role that leaders of these states (those in charge of their governments, and governments themselves) are assuming on 'cyber' today. According to the latest census data updated by ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency, fifty-six countries now have a cybersecurity strategy (or are elaborating it). In round numbers, that figure means that at least one in four countries in the world has defined its strategy for cybersecurity.
So far the good news! The bad ones: I am afraid that we are not in a position to state that one in four companies -these are in the millions, do not think only in the big ones!- has begun to address the same challenge with equal determination. As an example, let me quote companies in the shipping sector, which includes a handful of firms in other industries such as oil and gas, with oil tankers, LNG carriers and other marine infrastructure (rigs), increasingly computerized and automated.
Maybe that's why efforts within the market do not stop and bodies such as ISA, the International Society of Automation, or ECIL, European Cybersecurity Industry Leaders, continue making proposals in the form of standards and recommendations aimed at improving cybersecurity, both their own and that of others.
Maybe that’s also why individual voices keep emerging that aim to achieve the same goal -to improve awareness on the need for facing the cybersecurity challenge-. It is the case of Dr. Lillian Ablon, researcher whose profile I am bringing to you on this occasion.
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