Although cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges of the digital age that is constantly evolving at an extremely fast pace, it also holds great opportunities. The challenges and best practices that organizations must impose to build a cyber-readiness culture to meet the demands of the new reality were at the heart of the digital debate: “Building a Culture of Cyber Readiness – Cybersecurity Implications: businesses, and remote employees in a challenging period” organized by the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
The digital discussion was moderated by Mr. Christos Vidakis, Cyber Leader, Risk Advisory Partner Deloitte and was attended by: Mr. Nikolaos Bakatselos, President of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Demosthenes Economou, Head of Operational Security Unit ENISA European Cybersecurity, Mr. George Drivas, Head of Greek National Cyber Security Authority Ministry of Digital Governance, Ms. Konstantina Syntila Cyber Security Sales Specialist, Leader Greece Portugal, Cyprus and Malta CISCO, Mr. Thanassis Diogos Incident Response Consultant, X-Force IRIS South Europe IBM, and Mr. Robertos Goglis Manager, Cybersecurity and Information Security Division Alpha Bank.
In his introductory statement, Mr. Bakatselos stressed that both companies and public organizations in the context of their development must effectively address the dangers that exist in cyberspace. Challenges hide opportunities. In particular, he stressed: “Cybersecurity, one of the biggest challenges of the digital age, is accelerating its development. “The need for businesses to redesign their cyber strategy is more urgent than ever.”
For his part, Mr. Oikonomou pointed out: “The mandate of the Enisa organization after the Covid-19 crisis contains new responsibilities, one of the biggest is the operational role it acquires in matters of cyber crisis coordination in the European Union. “What has changed with the pandemic is an acceleration of discussions in recent years and we have been given the opportunity to try things in the context of closer cooperation between European cybersecurity agencies.”
Mr. George Drivas underlined the following: “We see that the main components of dealing with such asymmetric threats, regardless of the field, are three: cooperation, trust and solidarity. The effort of the national authority is to transform the model that existed until now, the strictly hierarchical, into a flexible cooperative model where each body will take its share to achieve the goals of improving cybersecurity at the national level.”
For her part, Ms. Syntila noted: “Looking at the dynamics of the cybersecurity environment, we see that the landscape is constantly changing, with the pandemic adding to this complexity, increasing the need for speedy implementation of solutions for organizations’ business continuity.”
Mr. Diogos spoke about the fact that statistically the systems of organizations will receive threats and this creates the urgent need to invest in prevention, i.e. how to identify cyber security threats before they manifest as attacks on the systems of the organization and also to invest in detection mechanisms. of a cyberattack because the longer this recognition is delayed, the multiplier is multiplied.
Mr. Goglis underlined: “Increased digital exposure creates more opportunities for malicious actions and potential victims. It is treated at the first level by informing the users about the possible threats. “The success of an organization in preventing and dealing with cyber-attacks is to dynamically assess the risk profile, the level of maturity of security mechanisms, always taking into account the field of cyber threats.”
Finally, the coordinator of the event, Mr. Vidakis, referring to this new environment created by the pandemic, said that the vast majority of Greek organizations, in order to cope with the new working conditions, designed and implemented emergency technologies so that they could to continue their business activities. In particular, he stressed: “The pandemic in our country has contributed to the acceleration of developments in terms of the digital transition of Greek organizations to a new regime that bridges the digital divide of decades in a very short time.”