Danielle Jacobs spoke on 'Strengthening collaboration in cybersecurity' at ITU Telecom World 2018, in Durban, South Africa, where she represented INTUG and Beltug.
As regulation and data protection initiatives prove increasingly unable to keep pace with the exponential growth of data analytics and the digital economy, the potential for abuse and cybercrime continues to rise. Building trust at consumer, corporate and national levels, implementing fit-for-purpose cybersecurity measures, and wide-scale capacity building are essential to realise the full benefits of the data value chain.
Representing the voice of the business user, Danielle took part in a panel that discussed security risks associated with new AI or IoT solutions, smart cities or digital financial services, the importance of trust to the success of smart development, and cooperation between the various stakeholders in different geographies on security threats and breaches, and more.
The other panellists included: Mr. Bocar A. Ba, CEO, SAMENA Telecommunications Council (United Arab Emirates); Mr. Jason Harle, Assistant Manager, Deloitte (Denmark); Mr. Nigel Hickson, VP IGO Engagement, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (Switzerland); Mr. Andrei Muntean, Acting Deputy Director, National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI); and Mr. Andy Bates, Executive Director for the UK and Europe, Global Cyber Alliance (United Kingdom).
Danielle also wrote a blog published by the ITU, bringing attention to the concerns of business users of IT and digital technology in private and public entities, regarding data protection laws. She highlighted concerns including the lack of harmonisation on an international scale, which puts an undue strain on companies’ resources, and the different speed of evolution between technology and legislation, which slows down innovation and the adoption of new technologies by businesses. “Data protection laws aim to do the very necessary job of safeguarding consumers and individuals in a digital, connected world, but we cannot neglect the impact on the companies that must meet these requirements,” she specified.