First Substantive Session of UN OEWG
Upon the conclusion of the work of the previous Open-ended Working Group, the open-ended working group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021–2025 will be bolding start its organizational session to agree on the required organizational arrangements connected with the group.
During this session, decisions may be made to establish may decide to establish thematic subgroups, as the Member States deem necessary, with a view to fulfilling its mandate and facilitating the exchange of views among States on specific issues related to its mandate, and may decide to interact, as appropriate, with other interested parties, including businesses, non-governmental organizations and academia.
NICE Webinar: Witnessing an Evolution- The NICE Framework and its Role in Building a Better Cybersecurity Workforce
2:00 - 3:00 EST
The NICE Framework is a study in evolution - from its early beginnings in 2012 as a way to understand cybersecurity roles within the federal government to its subsequent expansion as a national framework for a wide community that includes government, industry, and academia. It is intended for use in large and small organizations across sectors in order to help recruit, develop, and retain cybersecurity talent. In this webinar you will hear about recent and upcoming developments with the NICE Framework as it continues to improve and grow into a tool that can be used both broadly and in unique, individual settings for a variety of purposes. You will hear from speakers who will paint a picture of how you might use the NICE Framework to meet your own needs while engaging with a community of users in order to meet a common goal - a diverse, prepared, and effective cybersecurity workforce.
Themes & Topics
The new OEWG on Cybersecurity: What can the multistakeholder community expect?
13:30 EDT / 18:30 UTC / 19:30 CET
On 13 December 2021, the Permanent Mission of Australia and the Let’s Talk Cyber Initiative will host an in-person multistakeholder event and reception on the margins of the first substantive session of the Open-Ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021-2025 (OEWG): The new Open-Ended Working Group on Cybersecurity: What can the multistakeholder community expect?
This in person event will be livestreamed on the Let'sTalkCyber Platform for all attendees unable to attend in New York.
Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2021
The 2021 edition of the Internet Governance forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of Poland at the International Congress Center in Katowice from 6 to 10 December.
The headline of this year’s Forum is Internet United – the Internet connecting all its users into one community, responsible for its shape and functioning. The five-day meeting will include a large number of workshops, open forums, dynamic coalition meetings, outputs of intersessional activities, and other events that will give participants the opportunity to engage in open discussions on multiple Internet governance and digital policy issues. National and regional IGF initiatives (NRIs) will share experiences and discuss their specificities, challenges, and plans for the future. Several main sessions will also be part of the programme.
FIRST & AfricaCERT Virtual Symposium for the African and Arab Regions
This virtual symposium will be co-hosted by AfricaCERT and TunCERT.
Participants are expected to be comprised of global FIRST Member Teams and CSIRTs from the African and Arab regions. FIRST also expects to attract network operators, anti-abuse teams, and other security professionals from the African and Arab regions.
Program Agenda At-A-Glance
• December 7 | 11:00-18:15 UTC - Plenary Topics - Plenary Panel Discussions: Regional and International Initiatives, Frameworks and Related Standards, Open-source Tools and CSIRT Success Stories, Open Data (OSINT) and Threat Intelligence Sharing Platforms and Tools, Observed Malicious Cyber Criminality During COVID in the African and Arab Regions.
• December 8 – 11:00-15:00 UTC - Technical and Management Training Tracks - Training Opportunities: Open-source Tools for CSIRTs, MITRE ATT&CK Fundamentals, CSIRT Maturity Modeling, Protective DNS – Why It Matters and How to Deploy It On-prem. Designing and Running Cyber-exercises for CSIRTs.
• December 9 – 11:00-15:00 UTC - Technical and Management Training Tracks - Training Opportunities: Incident Response and Classification Workshop, MISP Fundamentals, National Cyber Crisis Management.
The event will be presented in English with French translation available during the plenary sessions on December 7.
IGF Open Forum – Online knowledge portals for national cybersecurity capacity: challenges & opportunities
Access to knowledge and good practice is seen as one of the keys to progress cybersecurity capacity of nations. Therefore international efforts to improve cybersecurity and safety online are supported by the availability of information on national capacity data, key country documents (e.g. laws and policies), good practices, lessons learned and relevant projects available to those involved in capacity building, including governments, funders, implementers, and researchers. Several online portals such as the Cybil Knowledge Portal have been established in response to the need for easy access to this information. Their number and depth of their content grows each year with the challenge that the proliferation of these portals may make it more difficult for those leading national capacity building efforts to access and effectively use the data and information in them, especially when it might be duplicative or contradictory.
This session builds upon the session at the IGF session on 2016 “Fostering Dialogue between Internet Observatories and Maps”, and is an opportunity for the portal teams and those who use them to discuss what is working, reflect on the lessons learnt so far and discuss what should be done in the future to improve and coordinate.
Freedom Online Conference 2021
The Freedom Online Conference which will be held virtually from Tuesday, 30 November to Friday, 3 December.
The Government of Finland is the Chair of the Freedom Online Coalition for 2021. This year, policymakers, civil society, business leaders, and technical experts will convene virtually to mark the Coalition’s 10-year anniversary by continuing to develop joint strategies and combine efforts to address the challenges, opportunities and potential of free, open and accessible Internet.
The Conference will focus on ‘Openness, Accessibility and Inclusion – Human Rights Online in the 2020´s’, which will be explored by a diverse group of stakeholders during panel sessions addressing the Freedom Online Coalition’s priority issues - digital inclusion, cybersecurity, disinformation, artificial intelligence, and challenges by authoritarian regimes, and beyond.
2021 Cyber Stability Conference: Towards a More Secure Cyberspace
Over the past two decades, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Member States’ discussions have focused on the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) and their impact on international security. A breakthrough happened in 2021 with the successful conclusion of two multilateral cyber processes and the beginning of a new Open-Ended Working Group, the first ever with a 5-year mandate.
At UNIDIR’s annual flagship conference on cyber stability, we will convene representatives from government, industry and civil society, reflecting on the past and paving the way for the future. How can we build on past successes to advance the agenda for an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful ICT environment? What has been discussed and agreed so far? And what should be prioritised next?
2021 African Commonwealth Virtual Conference and Workshops
This conference will bring together representatives from across the African Commonwealth, the wider African continent, and the UK to share knowledge and experience, and to build new relationships that will help you improve your national and regional cyber security.
The goals of the conference are to encourage and support nations working together to increase resilience against cyber threats, and to build a more cyber-secure future through partnership and collaboration.
- Week 1 of the conference will start with scene-setting introductions, an immersive cyber exercise, and discussion around sharing experience, knowledge and lessons learned to support cyber security maturity growth across the African Commonwealth.
- Week 2 of the conference will focus on cyber threats - both current and emerging - and how we can work together to combat them. Special consideration is given to the importance of national cyber security strategies and cyber legislation.