A GROWING talent pool, regional cooperation, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) are keys to increasing cyber resilience, international cybersecurity experts said.

“In the Cyber Age, as we experience an accelerated digital transformation, we’re facing security challenges that put a strain on cybersecurity resources. Investing in cyber talent and promoting security awareness and digital education for users are the keys to success in building cyber resilient digital societies and economies,” Chris Connell, managing director for Asia-Pacific at Kaspersky, said at Kaspersky’s APAC Online Policy Forum III on Tuesday.

A new paradigm for global law enforcement has emerged as a result of the increasing cyber threats and cybercriminal activities.

“[Among] the key challenges that INTERPOL identified are the gaps in law enforcement cyber capabilities and capacity, nationally, regionally and globally,” said INTERPOL Cybercrime Director Craig Jones, noting criminal networks’ ability to expand their infrastructure and activities.

“To overcome this challenge, law enforcement must be a trusted partner beyond national borders and sectors. Being collaborative, inclusive and open will help us reduce the gaps, bridging the divides in capabilities and capacity,” he added.

Cyber capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region should “focus on network infrastructure, be alert to the challenges brought by cybersecurity, and strengthen the development of personnel training system,” said Li Yuxiao, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies and secretary-general of the Cyber Security Association of China.

Along with their aggressive push toward a more connected society, some countries have begun strengthening their cybersecurity policies and regulations.

“As we enter the era of the Fourth Revolution, cybersecurity is becoming more important than ever. For example, in the European Union, the regulations on automotive cybersecurity will be mandatory for all new vehicles produced from July 2024,” said Seungjoo Kim, a member of South Korea’s Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“As the importance of cybersecurity spreads across all areas, security experts are forced to have more in-depth domain knowledge than ever before. Now, it’s time for us to think about a more effective work force development program to train security experts specialized in each industrial sector,” he added.

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter