Deputy Secretary Andrews, Prime Minister Ponta, Ms. Lauren Ziegler and Mr. Augustin Jianu, General Director CERT-RO, cut the ribbon to open the CIC
As cybersecurity has become a dominant global national security issue, we have moved quickly with both the US government and Eastern European partners to provide innovative tools and resources to grow national capabilities to counter cyber threats. This month the US Cyber Trade Mission to Eastern Europe showcased one of those critical capabilities, the Romanian Cyber Innovation Center (CIC). We, along with the US Department of Commerce, are working with the Romanian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-RO) to stand up this center, and wanted to share some insights since it’s important that we work together across governments and industry, and across country lines, to protect ourselves against advanced threats.
What is a cyber innovation center? Along with the Romanian Ministry of Information, we envisioned a flexible facility equipped to provide cyber training, assess new technologies, and, most importantly, stimulate the development of new approaches and solutions to combat tough cyber issues. While the focus was on enhancing cybersecurity for both Romanian government organizations and industry, there was a strong desire to create a capability that was open to other Eastern European partners as well.