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The Oceania Cyber Security Centre and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise have announced they are partnering together to launch a new global forum aimed at addressing cyber security in the Pacific region.
The inaugural Pacific Cyber Capacity Building and Coordination Conference – also known as P4C, will take place in Nadi, Fiji, from 2 to 4 October.
P4C will see representatives from government and industry joining forces to boost cyber security capacity building. Australia, the US, New Zealand, and the UK are assisting with funding for the event through the Partners in the Blue Pacific coordination mechanism.
The conference will include workshops on cyber governance with a focus on “Pacific perspectives” and “regional objectives”.
“As the methods used to lift cyber security and resilience have evolved, the Pacific has started to transition to a new phase of CCB that is evidence-based and informed by the region’s unique context and needs,” said Cameron Boardman, director of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre.
“We have developed the P4C in line with this focus and will use the event to highlight Pacific voices and experiences and provide stakeholders the opportunity to communicate their cyber security priorities directly to donor governments.”
According to Saia Vaipuna, Pacific hub director at the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, the event “aims to strengthen cooperation on cyber security between Pacific partners”.
“It is widely acknowledged that there is an oversaturation of cyber assistance and support in the region from a variety of parties, with varying impacts on capacity,” Vaipuna said. “Instead of continuing to repeat the same actions and expecting a different outcome, it is time to take a new approach. This involves recalibrating and realigning the needs and aspirations of the Pacific with the policies and strategies of development partners, thus propelling us forward more effectively.”
“The P4C will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the region to meet and discuss what is working, what is not and why, while planning concrete actions that work for the Pacific context to sustainably strengthen capacity for the future.”
You can learn more about the Pacific Cyber Capacity Building and Coordination Conference at www.pacificcyberconference.com.
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