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.
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.
NICE Symposium: A Coordinated Approach to Supply Chain Risks
1:30 - 5:00 PM EST
The NICE Symposium: A Coordinated Approach to Supply Chain Risks is a half-day virtual symposium that serves as a precursor to the annual NICE Conference in June 2022.
In light of dramatic events and emerging threats, experts will come together on Tuesday, November 16 to discuss the role of the cybersecurity workforce and the need for a coordinated response to strengthen the supply chain.
Panel 1: Risk and Policy Considerations for Securing Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Panel 2: Enhancing Software and Technology Supply Chain Security
Protecting the healthcare sector from cyber harm
15:00 – 17:00 CEST
If the past year has taught us anything, it has to be that we need to protect the healthcare sector from cyberattacks. Between January and August 2021 alone, the CyberPeace Institute recorded 77 disruptive attacks on healthcare organizations, of which the majority resulted in operational disruptions to the sector. These have a direct human impact as people are unable to access healthcare services, a basic human right.
The Czech Republic, the CyberPeace Institute, and Microsoft are taking action. Together, they kick-started the ‘Protecting the Healthcare Sector from Cyber Harm’ project which, over a series of thematic workshops, brings together healthcare, cybersecurity, and regulatory experts to identify good practices needed to protect this vital infrastructure. This is a multistakeholder issue that requires the attention of government, industry and civil society actors in order to come up with truly global solutions.
This event will explore challenges pertaining to, inter alia, accountability, state responsibility, due diligence, international human rights law, International Humanitarian Law, sovereignty and non-intervention as well as the use of force. It will explore existing initiatives and outcomes, including innovative recent ones such as the Oxford Process, with the aim of distilling good practices and recommendations, which we will endeavour to compile in a compendium to be published at the end of the workshop series.
NCSC research symposium: Let’s Do Cybersecurity Research Together
The symposium will take place entirely digitally and will last both days from 13:00 to 17:00 (CEST)
More collaboration and research is needed to take cybersecurity incident response to the next level. That is why the NCSC is proud to present the upcoming research symposium: Let's do Cybersecurity Research Together. This symposium revolves around connecting multidisciplinary academic and applied research(ers) with the professionals who are involved in preventing and handling cyber security incidents on a daily basis.
The symposium offers a varied program with keynotes by Dr. Jeroen van der Ham and Dr. Stephanie de Smale of the NCSC with The Future of Cybersecurity Incident Response and Dr. Corinne Cath of the University of Oxford on her PhD research Changing Minds and Machines.
Furthermore, on the first day TNO and Leiden University will present the results of their research carried out in collaboration with the NCSC. Day two offers interesting panel discussions on The Power of Internet Standards and dcypher's community panel on cryptocommunication and automated vulnerability research.
Cybersecurity Crossroads: The Intersection of Information, Technology, and People
October 27, 2021 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (ET)
Join the National Cyber Security Alliance and Nasdaq for the 2021 Cybersecurity Summit, “Cybersecurity Crossroads: The Intersection of Information, Technology, and People.” The challenges faced by the cybersecurity community today are hitting mainstream headlines. However, new approaches to information sharing, securing technologies, and human-centric cyber training can empower organizations and professionals to enable a safer, more secure world.
In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, experts will delve into the current cybersecurity landscape, and discuss how looking at cybersecurity as an intersection of information, technology and people can secure its future.
Sessions will include:
- Flipping the Switch: Prioritizing People in Cybersecurity
- Global Information Sharing to Disarm Cyber Criminals
- The Cybersecurity Solution: Educating Future Leaders
- Fireside Chat: The Supply Chain Ripple Effect
The Ransomware Pandemic: Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel? Cyber Resilience Seminar Series.
Oct 13, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
GFCE Member World Bank, is hosting on Wednesday, October 13th “The Ransomware Pandemic” webinar which covers the increasing threat posed by ransomware attacks, and will focus on several themes: governmental response, economic impact, incident management and capacity building.
The webinar will feature a keynote address by Chris Painter, President of the GFCE Foundation Board, followed by a panel discussion featuring leading global cyber resilience experts Dr. Maya Bundt, Mr. Menny Barzilai, David Satola and Dr. Ts. Aswami Ariffin.
What Future for International Cyber Capacity Building?
23 September 2021 from 14:00-15:30 CEST
Coinciding with the EUISS launching of the EU-funded report on international cyber capacity building trends and scenarios, the EUISS are holding an online event in order to share its findings and discuss its themes. The report “International Cyber Capacity Building: Global Trends and Scenarios” is a first of its kind EU-funded research product to enhance the evidence-base on international cyber capacity building.
The event might be of particular interest to the following stakeholders:
• International stakeholders engaged in cyber capacity building, notably the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise community, donors, partner and beneficiary countries and organisations, international organisations, civil society organisations, and CCB project implementers;
• Digital development stakeholders and programmes engaging in digital transformation cooperation where CCB could be a component or integrated as a cross-cutting issue;
• Relevant EU services and EU Delegations, Cyber Ambassadors of EU Member States, the High-Level Working Party on Cyber Issues, and EU CCB project implementers.
The event will consist of a presentation on the report by co-authors Robert Collett and Nayia Barmpaliou followed by a Debate among expert panellists, with time for Q&A.
Countering Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure: What’s Next?
September 17, 2021
12:30 PM- 1:30 PM EDT (UTC-4) Live Online
From shuttered gas stations and disrupted chemotherapy treatments to the near-poisoning of a small town’s water supply, in the past year the public felt the impact of cyber threats to critical infrastructure like never before. Fortunately, leaders in government and the private sector responded swiftly and effectively to secure the systems that underpin our daily lives. Now, looking to threats on the horizon, what progress has been made, and what work is left to be done?
Join Carnegie and the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission for a conversation featuring leaders from the US government, and the energy and financial services sectors as they asses what comes next in securing domestic and global infrastructure in cyberspace.
The Octopus Conference, held every 12 to 18 months by the Council of Europe, constitutes one of the biggest and finest platforms of exchange in cybercrime gathering experts from 80 countries, international organisations, private sector and academia.
This year’s Octopus Conference will take place on 16-18 November providing an opportunity for cybercrime experts from public and private sectors as well as international and non-governmental organizations from all over the world to share experience.
- A special event with high level interventions will be organized on 16 November in cooperation with the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Convention and the 2nd additional Protocol on enhanced cooperation and disclosure of electronic evidence.
- On 17 and 18 November, multiple workshops will punctuate the day, including regional workshops (for Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Africa), “lightning talks” with interventions by participants, and other thematic sessions (Capacity building, Ransomware, AI...). A closing Plenary session will take a look at Octopus take-aways.
Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2021
The sixth edition of SICW will take place from 4 to 8 October 2021, under the theme of “Living with COVID19 – Reimagining digital security risks and opportunities”. COVID-19 has accelerated digitalisation and resulted in a growing dependence on technology, but this has also increased our exposure to cyber attacks. While a handful of countries have started on the bumpy road to recovery, most are experiencing a resurgence in infections. Living with COVID-19 will be a prolonged reality that the global community has to come to terms with. As private and public stakeholders reposition themselves or recalibrate policies to promote digitalisation, what are the digital and cyber risks involved and how should we manage them? Amidst these risks, what are the new digital opportunities that did not exist pre-COVID-19? How can countries and organisations leverage these opportunities? These and many other questions will be tackled at SICW 2021.
Alongside the shift of business meetings towards a hybrid model, CSA will be organising SICW 2021 as a combination of inter-linked physical and virtual meetings that will allow key leaders from governments, industry, academia and non-government organisations to explore the future of cyberspace cooperation from a broader range of perspectives.
The Big Cyber Ideas Festival 2021
The second edition of the Big Cyber Ideas Festival is an online event taking place September 21-23, 2021, with the purpose of exploring key questions for cyber security and digital policy in Europe.
The session topics will tackle key questions around cybersecurity journalism, public attribution of cyber operations, and global perspectives on European cyber policy, including:
- Why are cyber operations attributed to states by commercial companies, states, and international organizations such as the EU?
- How are these attributions reported and discussed in national and international media?
- And how do other states – including those at whom such accusations are directed – view European actions?
The festival is part of the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI): https://eccri.eu/
Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit
The Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) is an annual event that attracts high-caliber anti-malware researchers, global law enforcement agencies and CERTs and senior executives from financial services, technology, healthcare, academia and government agencies.
Themes & Topics
Cybersecurity Conference 2021
The purpose of the conference is to exchange best practices and experiences in fields such as strengthening the cyber resilience of critical infrastructure in the digital single market in the event of cyberattacks, cyber crisis management in the EU, and cyber diplomacy and cybersecurity in the Western Balkans.
The conference will be attended by directors, ambassadors and cyber-security advisers from EU member states and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of companies, academia and research, and public employees.
GFCE Community Showcase
During this meeting, GFCE Members & Partners will have an opportunity to present any projects, initiatives, best practices or other deliverables that may benefit the GFCE Community. Showcases have been a regular feature of in-person GFCE meetings, with the GFCE providing a strong foundation for collaboration, information exchange and knowledge-sharing. This meeting is a chance for our Members & Partners to share information, exchange ideas and engage with each other in the coordination of global and regional cyber capacity building efforts.