All roads lead to cyber, it seems… Karol holds a polyhedric background, ranging from technical to economical, from accounting to banking: he is currently a member of the European Cyber Security Organization BoD, as well as being entitled by the Polish Prime Minister with the responsibility to craft, coordinate and manage the national cyber security environment.
Karol Okonski, Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry for Digital Affairs.
How to shape and coordinate a national cyber security environment
Together, we went over some of the main responsibilities involved in the role, such as how the government implements new technologies to automatize and secure processes such as electronic identification and national central registry management, by also identifying the solutions and tools available to citizens in this respect.
Top national cyber priorities and the international cyber diplomacy game
What are the main responsibilities of a country’s representative for cyber and digital affairs? Karol explored this theme with us: securing and protecting the public administration’s critical infrastructures and core services, as well as educating people to foster cyber hygiene, awareness and culture, are the top key missions contemplated by his mandate.
We ended our chat looking at the international scenario and analyzing the complexities involved in the cross-border diplomacy, military and policy cyber game, especially where adversarial countries are involved, as well as examining the EU scenario, its need to find a common ground in cyber and the distinct nature of relationship with the so-called “digitally-like-minded” countries.
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