Global EPIC is designed to combat growing world challenges by facilitating global collaboration while enabling positive local cybersecurity and economic benefits. It will do this by building a global community of innovation ecosystems who will collaborate on projects and share expertise through an expanding network of diverse organisations.
This initiative will see 14 global ecosystems co-creating and adopting world-changing solutions to high-impact cybersecurity challenges, both current and emergent. The ecosystems involved come from 10 different countries spanning 3 continents, reflecting the truly global nature of the partnership. Global EPIC has set a target of 50 member cyber security ecosystems by October 2020.
Cybersecurity threats are a global challenge disrupting local modern living. That hardly a day goes by without news of yet another harmful attack, suggests our current approaches to cybersecurity are failing. Isolating cybersecurity as its own “special domain” misreads its inherent embodiment in all sectors and levels of society. Consequently, new approaches need development if we are to achieve the global and local benefits offered by cyber and cyber-enabled technologies.
14 Leading Global Cybersecurity Ecosystems
Across the globe, ecosystems that bring together academia, industry and government operate to respond to cybersecurity threats and enable economic development opportunities. The 14 involved ecosystems have largely developed independently, driven by local and national objectives. The leaders of these keystones have become aware that the challenges of cybersecurity require global paradigm-shifting partnerships and cooperation that reflect regional and local imperatives. Underpinning this perspective is a conscious attempt to ‘glocalise’ – localise the global and globalise the local.
The 14 ecosystems are:
- bwtech@UMBC (Baltimore, U.S.A.),
- Centre for Secure Information Technologies - CSIT (Belfast, U.K.),
- Cyberspark (Be’er-Sheva, Israel),
- CyberTech Network (San Diego, U.S.A.),
- Cyber Wales (Cardiff, U.K.),
- Global Cybersecurity Resource – Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada),
- Innovation Boulevard (Surrey, Canada),
- INCYDE (Madrid, Spain),
- LSEC (Heverlee, Belgium),
- Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy),
- Procomer (Heredia, Costa Rica),
- The Kosciuszko Institute (Krakow, Poland) and The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC),
- University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada)
- The Hague Security Delta (The Hague, Netherlands).