Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Network Security and Information (ENISA), participated at the ITU Telecom World 2015 event in Budapest on the 12th-15th October 2015. Prof. Helmbrecht participated in the panel discussion ‘Accelerating Digital Innovation for Social Impact’ along with three other panellists representing the private and telecommunication sector.
During the discussion, Prof Helmbrecht spoke on the need for a close collaboration between policy initiatives and technology innovation, providing notable examples of areas which offer such a potential. ENISA’s Executive Director elaborated on how the EU needs an industry policy approach to create a competitive EU based ICT industry which can be based on a variety of different ‘tools’:
- Promoting cooperation of EU SMEs
- Using public procurement to foster EU based ICT industry
- Further strengthening the EU leading position in relevant areas such as business software or smart cards
ENISA uniquely positioned to assist EU institutions in promoting cybersecurity as a competitive advantage
“There is an opportunity to use the area of cybersecurity as an economic enabler, providing EU industry with a competitive advantage in the global market. In order to do this, we need to recognize the differentiating factors that could be the basis for new business models. ENISA is uniquely positioned to assist in this direction” said Udo Helmbrecht.
As ICT is the backbone of every modern society, the EU needs to become the single market of preference for governments and industry for trusted EU products and services. At another end, e-Government services have significant potential, to make public services more efficient for the benefit of citizens and businesses in terms of ‘time and money’. It is evident that as we progress into the era of IoT, all e-aspects may it be e-banking, e-health, e-commerce, e- education, will be totally dependent on an open, safe and secure cyberspace.
ENISA continues its work in sector and develops a culture of information exchange among communities through studies and workshops and continuously engages with the Internet operational community through the relevant reference groups.
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About ITU world: The event brings together influential figures from government and industry and focuses on accelerating the digital transformation for economic growth and social good through three major tracks of debate in the Forum: accelerating digital transformation, extending digital opportunities, and building trust in the connected future*(source ITU World 2105).
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