Templar Executives has signed a partnership agreement with the FCO On a strategic Cyber Security initiative designed to upskill senior Commonwealth country officials, such as Ministers and those leading the National Cyber Security agenda. The aim is to develop essential strategic Cyber Security skills amongst key players to enable them to deliver on their national mandate; this will involve leading and championing transformational change in order to build sustainable Cyber maturity. This important initiative is in line with the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration April 2018.

Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO, Templar Executives commented, “Templar Executives has a long track record of working with governments and the private sector on the Cyber agenda and helping shape national and corporate strategies and capabilities. We are delighted to partner with the FCO on this important initiative and contribute towards realising the aims of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration announced earlier this year.”

With the internet increasingly central to global commerce, the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration sets out a shared vision of cyberspace in areas such as economic and social development, and online rights. The declaration is also an important step for Commonwealth small states, which account for 31 of the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries. By promoting digital inclusion and a safer cyberspace, it sets out practical steps that will enable them to advance their economic and social development.

Following the announcement, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said, “Cyberspace opens up new opportunities for socio-economic development by broadening common space and extending access. There is immense fresh potential for the multiple layers of Commonwealth connection to be used for the common good…. Commonwealth member countries are working together to strengthen their capacity, individually and collectively, to detect and guard against the debilitating threats cybercrime poses to all many aspects of national, regional and international security.”