CONNECT2SEA Cybersecurity Forum: International Collaboration for a Safer World
By Joy Luza
The forum was opened by Mr. Rene C. Mendoza, chief of the Knowledge Management Division and technical team leader of DOST-ASTI for the Connecting ICT in Europe and South East Asia (CONNECT2SEA) project. His opening remarks were followed by an inspirational talk given by Director Alex Lim, head of the Science and Technology Division, Cross-Sectoral Cooperation Directorate, Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat. His speech included the value of International Cooperation for Development and collaborative initiatives on Science and Technology, to promote economic growth between different regions and other important EU-SEA collaboration milestones. Dr. Lim’s speech was then followed by a presentation about the CONNECT2SEA project which was given by Mrs. Svetlana Klessova, project coordinator and Director of Inno, TSD.
Other speakers of the event focused on several topics such as national projects implemented in various countries in ASEAN, research trends of cybersecurity in Germany, EU systems security road map, lessons learned and case studies in the industry, and the CONNECT2SEA cybersecurity roadmap which focused on priorities of policy, actions on cybersecurity in EU and SEA. Apart from these presentations, a guest speaker from the Ideal-ist Network provided information on European funding opportunities for EU and SEA collaboration under the Horizon2020 programme calls, particularly on the topic of cybersecurity. The day was concluded with a Knowledge Management activity, “World Cafe” which was lead by CONNECT2SEA partners, Dr. Sotiris Ioannidis of FORTH, Ms. Maria Irene Amatorio of DOST-ASTI, and Ms. Sri Saraswati W. Wardhani of BPPT. The participants were asked to write their answers to several cybersecurity related questions and the results of which will be included in theCONNECT2SEA report on cybersecurity roadmap.