Hyderabad Security Cluster plans global ties

Keen to collaborate with Europol, Global EPIC and Gartner for capacity building

By Author  |  Published: 17th Sep 2018  12:18 amUpdated: 16th Sep 2018  11:26 pm
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Hyderabad: India’s first cyber security cluster, Hyderabad Security Cluster (HSC), being developed by Hyderabad Security Foundation (HSF), is actively looking at establishing ties with global intelligence, consulting and ecosystems.

HSC intends to collaborate with Europol, Gartner Research Board and Global EPIC besides exploring other partnership possibilities worldwide, Zaki Qureshey, founding father & task force member-HSC, told Telangana Today.

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency serves as the central hub for criminal information and intelligence and provides a comprehensive outreach function connecting law-enforcement authorities tackling cybercrime with the private sector, academia and other non-law enforcement agencies.

Qureshey said, “Joining Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cyber security (Global EPIC) is an effective way to organise our global network, as it provides us with a global community of innovation ecosystems that collaborate on projects and share expertise. It’s open for cyber security ecosystems that represent the triple-helix of businesses, governments and knowledge institutions. Global EPIC brings global cyber security ecosystems (around 15) on to one platform.”

Across the globe, ecosystems that bring together academia, industry and government operate to respond to cyber security threats and enable economic development opportunities. These ecosystems have largely developed independently, driven by local and national objectives. The leaders of these ecosystems are aware that the challenges of cyber security require global paradigm-shifting partnerships and cooperation that reflect regional and local imperatives.

He informed, “Discussions are on for setting up a soft-landing programme among the Global EPIC clusters. This is also something that we have put on the agenda for the development of the Hyderabad cluster, so it would be a great way of actually operationalising this.”

Research-Driven
HSC also wants to work with Gartner Research Board, which is a 44 year-old global think tank, based out of New York, US.

“We discussed key deliverables for the first year of Gartner engagement which will be the key pillar for the proposed engagement. Gartner will provide insights around planning and implementing business strategy towards establishment of HSC. It will provide guidance around building technology platform and digital ecosystem around the HSC, assist in building a road map towards strategic alliances and global peer connects with enterprises, innovation hubs, and academia, globally. There will also be support in building startup ecosystem around HSC, sharing IT research insights as well as actionable advice towards technology trends in IT Security,” Qureshey said.

He added, overall, Gartner will act as an internal think tank, governance layer to all the initiatives driven by HSC and as an internal research wing for HSC.

Created with a primary focus on cyber forensics, critical security infrastructure, national security, counter terrorism and electronic warfare, the HSC has already collaborated with Europe’s biggest security delta, with the Program of Cooperation under the memorandum of understanding that was signed with The Hague Security Delta (HSD).

The HSC and HSD collaboration will focus on innovation and knowledge besides generating academic cooperation and exchange, access to new areas (defence, space, police etc), attract FDI and develop workforce capacity.

In recent years, cluster-based approach has been accepted globally for economic development. It emerged as an effective and efficient way of developing a conducive ecosystem for industry development and also utilising it for economic, employment growth and capability enhancement in the region.