The CyberPeace Institute is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization which strives to reduce the frequency, impact and scale of cyberattacks, to hold actors accountable for the harm they cause, and to assist vulnerable communities.
The Institute works in close collaboration with relevant partners to reduce the harms from cyberattacks on people’s lives worldwide, and provide assistance. By analyzing cyberattacks, it exposes their societal impact, how international laws and norms are being violated, and advances responsible behaviour to enforce cyberpeace.
At the heart of the CyberPeace Institute’s efforts is the recognition that cyberspace is about people. We support providers of essential services to the most vulnerable members of society, ultimately benefiting us all, like NGOs and the healthcare sector. Attacking them can have a devastating impact on beneficiaries and patients, putting their rights and even lives at risk.
To deliver on this mission, the Institute relies on donations and the generosity of individuals, foundations, companies and other supporters. This support enables the Institute to assist and support vulnerable communities, including NGOs, to enhance their resilience to cyberattacks.
The CyberPeace Institute also serves to provide evidence-based knowledge and foster awareness of the impact of cyberattacks on people, to give a voice to and empower victims to highlight the harm and impact of cyberattacks. The Institute reminds state and non-state actors of the international law and norms governing responsible behaviour in cyberspace, and advances the rule of law to reduce harm and ensure the respect of the rights of people.
Since its creation in 2019, the Institute assesses the impact of cyberattacks from the human perspective, focusing on the rights of people. It grounds its analysis on evidence and the impact on human well-being, and to tell the story of people, link it with the technical reality of cyberattacks, and assess it against the violation of laws. The Institute advocates for an evidence based and human centric approach to the analysis of cyberattacks as essential to the process of redress, repair and/or justice for victims. It works collaboratively in its research, analysis, assistance, mobilization and advocacy. It engages with vulnerable communities to understand their needs for cybersecurity support and provides free and trusted cybersecurity assistance to vulnerable communities.
The CyberPeace Institute:
– Assists NGOs and other vulnerable communities to prepare for and recover from cyberattacks.
– Investigates cyberattacks targeting vulnerable communities, analyzing these attacks to provide alerts, support and for accountability.
– Advocates to advance the rule of law and respect for the rights of people.
– Anticipates threats to people associated with emerging and disruptive technologies.
Examples of operational activities include:
– Assisting humanitarian and other NGOs with free and trusted cybersecurity support and capacity building
– Analyzing cyberattacks and highlighting their impact on people and how they violate the rule of law
– Documenting violations of international laws and norms, advocating for strengthened legal protection in cyberspace
– Offering expertise and support, and building capacity of States and civil society in relation to responsible behaviour in cyberspace