Such trends reflect the difficulties governments have in applying black-and-white policies to a field that is changing by the day—but Suffolk believes these policy vagaries can be worked through as governments and private firms lay down the terms of reference to work together towards common goals.
"Many governments are at different stages of maturity, so we shouldn't be surprised to see them taking different decisions at different points in time," he said.
"We clearly need to do more to protect ourselves from people that wish to do us harm from a cyber security perspective, and I think you'll see quite a lot of alignment around the world. Industry and government can come together to rationalise that quite quickly, and we will see more clarity around what 'good' looks like— and most vendors will make the investments to ensure they conform to those standards."
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