Robert D. Rodriguez Chairman and Founder of Security Innovation Network SINET in USA

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Robert D. Rodriguez Chairman and Founder of Security Innovation Network SINET in USA

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The following set of questions document the expertise of organisations who are actively engaged in the various forms of cybersecurity capacity building. The experiences and lessons learned from these forerunners shall help the broader cybersecurity community to gain a better understanding of cyber capacity building.

 

Robert D. Rodriguez Chairman and Founder of Security Innovation Network SINET in USA

 

Were you engaged in building the capacity of your own organisation to deal with cybersecurity, or were you involved in capacity building efforts on behalf of a third party?

SINET initiatives and advisory services accelerate both large and small companies business growth, increase awareness of innovative Cybersecurity technologies and help develop relationships between the system integration, industry and Federal Government markets to collaborate on addressing IT Security challenges, needs and opportunities.
SINET has as mission to connect the cybersecurity technologies ecosystem and is talking about the solutions and deliverables not only the problems. Innovation has a different view to different people. Money and time are very important. My main interests are advance and innovation.

 

Which particular area of cybersecurity capacity were you particularly focused on improving?

Our mission is to advance innovation and enable global collaboration between the public and private sectors to defeat cyber security threats. SINET serves as the nucleus that connects builders, buyers, researchers and investors in the cyber security domain. Someone can make an investment and then it will be bought by many companies. Then the seller is happy and also the Government is able to protect its critical infrastructure.

 

Can efforts like SINET- Security Innovation Network enhance capacity through awareness?

SINET initiatives and advisory services try to increase awareness of innovative Cybersecurity technologies and help develop relationships and collaboration between the public and private sector. This way needs will be addressed. SINET came to support the UK and serve with emphasis on SME’s.

 

What effects did you hope to achieve in taking these particular actions? Are there any particular objectives, goals or priorities that were the intended outputs?

My main areas of focus are, leading in the advancement of innovation in the cyber security domain, providing strategic advice on the development of global public private partnership models and connecting global builders, buyers, investors and researchers.

 

Could you refer to specific gaps in the area which inhibit progress toward achieving the desired ends?

In USA there are specific gaps that need to be covered. First there has to be a robust process, the need for ‘’the acquisition process’’ in order to combine budget, ethics and bureaucracy. Second, there is a big gap in information sharing and data sharing. Third there is a gap in skills.

 

How did you evaluate success or performance of your capacity building?

I would not change the model I used. The model connects government and industry and focuses in trust, commitment and integrity. But, if I was starting again then I would not want to fail and linger, ‘’If you fail, fail fast’’!
Also, we really have to be more risky. The private sector for example embraces risk but the Government is more risk averse. In USA the public and private sector are more connected and there is a desire for more communication and the Government leads and reacts to attacks by regulation. UK is more risk averse than USA, while in the UK there is lack of connecting risk capital and entrepreneurs.

 

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