EastWest Institute

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Headquartered in New York, with offices in Brussels, Moscow, and San Francisco, the EastWest Institute (EWI) has worked to prevent dangerous international conflict by building trust since its founding in 1980. Conflict is growing in cyberspace, as national and international institutions, laws, norms and security technology are proving inadequate to address rapidly increasing risks. Cyberspace is an essential infrastructure for business, government and civil society worldwide. Serious cyber attacks are a daily occurrence, making the global digital environment increasingly unpredictable and unstable. The objective of EWI’s Global Cooperation in Cyberspace program is to reduce conflict, crime and other disruptions in and from cyberspace and to promote stability, confidence and innovation.EWI began its cyber work in 2009 as the pioneer organization to initiate a global dialogue on cyberspace security, diplomacy, and deterrence. Working with government, business and civil society leaders from around the world, the institute’s cyberspace program pursues three goals to build a safer and more secure Internet:

• Enhance collaboration in the fight against malicious cyber activities

• Improve the security of digital information and information flows

• Build processes and institutions that can balance competing values in global cyberspaceEWI works with its international partners to develop recommended changes in national and corporate policies and procedures through the work of five collaborative breakthrough groups, composed of decision-makers from key sectors around the world:

• Ubiquitous Encryption and Lawful Government Access

• Secure, Resilient Cities and the Internet of Things

• Systemic Risk and Cyber Insurance• Promoting Norms of Responsible Behavior in Cyberspace

• Increasing the Global Availability and Use of Secure ICT Products and Services.

The program also serves as half of the Secretariat for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) alongside The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. The Commission, which was launched at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, is a global body working to develop proposals for norms and policy initiatives to improve the stability and security of cyberspace.