International Cooperation is a collaborative effort that only works if it reflects the views and priorities of the target countries as well as buy-in from technical experts of the EU along with the target countries. Hence, this component of community building is a key strategy that BIC aims to develop based on a two-phased approach: operational and strategic.
The first phase is the operational approach where the networking activities including workshops and visitations are conducted. The project will facilitate the community to set up Working Groups (WGs), whose main goal is to develop a deeper understanding of important themes and topics that need to be tackled on a global basis in order to strengthen the EU’s international collaborations in the Trust, Security & Privacy areas. The three working groups that were agreed during the First BIC Annual forum are the following (further details are given in the terms of reference /objectives of the WGs, which can be found by clicking here BIC_WGs_ToR_final):
1. WG1. Human oriented /citizen trust, privacy and security, which will focus on topics related to a multi-disciplinary approach for international cooperation amongst all stakeholders;
2. WG2. Network Information security / Cybersecurity, which will focus on topics related to the need for international cooperation for enabling the protection of networks and systems;
3.WG3. Programme /funding focus/ identify community, which will focus on the requirements, processes, mechanisms and barriers to enable collaboration opportunities.
The second phase is the strategic approach where contacts are made with the programme management / funding organization and also the policy planners in order for BIC to have a long term influence and impact on shaping EU – International trust and security planning. The project will facilitate an International Advisory Group (IAG), consisting of government and research members from the BIC countries and beyond, whose role would consist of:
- To help facilitate collaborations between the European Commission and your national Cybersecurity constituencies and related trust and security related constituencies;
- To review the situation on International collaboration strategy in ICT trust and security on a regular basis with advising, review and recommendations feedback to BIC and the European Commission;
- Assist BIC to build relationships and linkages and facilitate contacts for Working groups, theme based workshops or other networking events.