Cooperation with the CCB: Threat intelligence and suspicious IP addresses
Making Belgium one of the least vulnerable countries in Europe to cyber threats is the overall goal of the National Security Council (NSC). Beltug and its members applaud this ambition: our members are impacted both as direct targets of cyber threats and/or by having to invest energy, money and highly skilled people to ensure the organisation is and stays well protected.
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Beltug members are clearly willing to contribute to achieving the NSC’s goal. Within this context, Beltug has reached out to the Centre for Cyber security Belgium, as the national authority for supervising, coordinating and monitoring the strategy.
What Beltug members value most
We asked our members what they see as the priorities for a ‘guarding role’ towards businesses.
(We pre-selected the four topics. While there are certainly other interesting ways to cooperate, based on internal discussions and contact with the CCB, we believed these represent a good start.)
Overall, the Beltug members support all four of the potential initiatives. The average scores of the participants ranged between 6.1 and 7.5, on a scale from 0 to 10. Increasing security awareness of management and Board scored highest. Listing and describing the issues on the cyber security insurance market scored lowest.
Different types of companies share the same priorities
Interestingly, when splitting the results based on organisational size, the outcome doesn’t change much, whether the organisation has fewer than 200 FTEs, between 200 and 1000 FTEs, or more than 1000 FTEs. Again, when comparing ICT providers with business users, there isn’t a large difference in the results. (Please bear in mind that we have not performed a more statistical analysis on the results.)
Given our ongoing cooperation with Guberna, Beltug sees the potential to create an exchange of practices and a cross-fertilisation between Beltug, Guberna and CCB for increasing the security awareness of management and Board. Concerning the threat intelligence sharing topic, the CCB has informed Beltug about its plans to create a ‘for businesses’ version of the very successful consumer-oriented Safeonweb. The results of the survey indicate that such a step will be welcomed. Furthermore, businesses indicate they will welcome a proactive approach to cyber security.
We will keep you updated on further steps.