America: land of the leading and home of the innovative?
When it comes to tech and cyber, the US is usually considered to be the world leader.
Ground-breaking developments, innovation, industry-leading new technologies, practices, and policies are all generally considered to come from the land of the free and home of the brave.
The Triskele Labs team has recently returned from Hacker Summer Camp 2022 in Las Vegas, where we were able to reconnect with other leading players in the cyber world after the COVID hiatus of the past couple of years.
In Australia, whether it’s cybersecurity or other industries, we often see ourselves as lagging behind the rest of the world. One thing we came to realise while listening to one of the presentations at Hacker Summer Camp, is that a lot of our inferiority complex as a country is self-inflicted.
A case in point is that while we look at the US as leaders in the cyber world, many of the policies and procedures that they’re only just starting to implement have been in play in Australia for quite some time already – as much as five years in some cases.
One example is the existence of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), a phenomenal government agency that deserves a lot of respect for driving cyber innovation and policy implementation in Australia.
In contrast, the USA is only just starting to get their Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to be the key agency, as before responsibility was spread across a couple of different agencies.
Another example of the Australian cyber industry’s maturity in the cyber space is that we saw in many of the presentations at Hacker Summer Camp that we at Triskele Labs have done many of the same investigations as the presenters, and come up with the same results, which is a great achievement and testament to our team’s capability.
It was also good to see that the information found in those investigations was being shared for the wider community too, which is a great way to educate a wider spread of people on the dangers of cyber security threats.
Overall, we came to realise that as Australians in the cyber industry, we need to stop looking at ourselves as followers of American innovation, and realise that we’re equally at the pointy end of this industry.