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The BRIC and BPS propose a cybersecurity plan for the Brussel Region

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Are our information systems adequately prepared to identify, prevent and ward off cybersecurity risks, and if necessary recover from them? In a joint paper, “Towards a regional cybersecurity plan”, the BRIC and BPS supply a detailed description of how to meet these challenges.

On 20 September 2018, the symposium on “Cybersecurity, a regional issue” organised by Brussels Prevention & Security and the Brussels Regional Informatics Centre focused on the issues relating to cybersecurity and the necessary responses.

Today, the Brussels public bodies – which perform complementary tasks in this area – are taking matters a step further by issuing a paper, “Towards a regional cybersecurity plan”. Written in close cooperation by both bodies, this paper provides a description of current cyberthreats and proposes a methodological framework to respond to them.

“Many types of critical infrastructure that interest cybercriminals are concentrated on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is important to be able to develop public responses that are pertinent, adequate, appropriate to what is at stake and to our competences.” Extract from the preamble of the paper “Towards a regional cybersecurity plan”

To protect and serve the digital activities of its population, companies and administrations is very much part of the mandate of the Brussels-Capital Region. Due to its multiple dimensions, the plan of which this paper describes the foundations should involve the entire Brussels community. It is also fully consistent with the Region’s smart-city strategy.

The paper also comes with a preface by Professor Georges Ataya, Academic Director of the Information Security and Cybersecurity training courses at the Solvay Business School of Economics and Management. In particular, Professor Ataya writes: “This plan is very good at describing the existing environment, assessing the risks and threats and proposing priority actions for the main actors of the Brussels-Capital Region, including public services, private businesses, the academic sector and, above all, citizens. The methods used to develop this plan are based on recent reference frameworks as well as tried and tested practices.”

Download the paper “Towards a regional cybersecurity plan”