In order to protect a community, one must engage with it first, an American cybersecurity expert told a crowd of more than 150 people at an event at Carleton University last week.
Deborah Frincke, director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Security Agency, leads the agency’s research directorate, the only in-house research organization in the U.S. intelligence community.
Ms. Frincke discussed her agency’s roles in defending vital networks, advancing American goals and alliances and responding to national decision-makers. She also covered her agency’s various R&D partnerships and the importance of partnering internationally in a long-term effort to develop a scientific framework for cybersecurity.
The evening, hosted by Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management program, also marked the launch of the e-book Cybersecurity: Best of TIM Review, edited by Dan Craigen, a science advisor at the Communications Security Establishment in Ottawa.
“Technology is not a silver bullet. We need multidisciplinary collaborative approaches to make a difference. This problem is bigger than any one technology or discipline can address on its own,” Mr. Craigen said.
The e-book is a collection of 15 articles from five TIM Review special issues published between July 2013 and January 2015 that focused on cybersecurity. With authors coming from industry, academia and government, the book reflects a multiple sector, geographical and ethnic diversity.
The evening concluded with presentations from local companies in the cybersecurity space, including Denilson and Crack Semiconductor, both members of the recently announced Lead to Win Cybersecurity Hub.
Denilson provides secure mobile payment solutions for retailers. For founder Ned Nadima, a graduate student in the TIM program, the event was also a celebration – his fledgling company made its first sale the day before.
“Speed is our currency,” said Mr. Nadima.