Simple precautions are a key to improving cybersecurity, according to David Francis, Managing Director of Huawei Cyber Security Union. In remarks made at the European Business Summit in Brussels, Mr Francis highlighted that, “we need, rather, to focus on doing the basics.” He continued, “If we did it would solve 80 percent of the problems we face today.”
Delegates to the European Business Summit heard from several speakers on the topic of cyber security, including European Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King. Both the severity of the threat from cyber-attacks, and the urgency of dealing with the problem were stressed, with Mr King arguing that cyber-crime could cost the European economy up to €575 billion.
David Francis, of Huawei, noted that IT security is everyone’s responsibility, and that education is a vital part of a solution to the threats that we face. Separately at the event, the President of Huawei’s Western European Region, Vincent Pang, argued for the importance of digital skills, saying, “every EU business can help by working with government to train people to have digital skills and also by helping universities to sow the seeds for more digital innovation.”