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6 Sep, 2022


1st AfricaCERT CYBER DRILL: “Testing The Waters”

The Africa Computer Emergency Response Team (AfricaCERT) has completed its first annual Drill to test the capability of Computer Security Incident Response Teams in African economies from 30 June – 01 July 2021.

A Coordination team comprised of AfricaCERT, bjCSIRT (Benin), CERT-MU (Mauritius), EGCERT (Egypt), KE-CIRT (Kenya), KEYSTONE (Tunisia), tunCERT (Tunisia) organized the Drill. CERT-MU chaired this 2021 edition; the scenarios were provided by CERT-MU and EGCERT and supported by SILENSEC CYBER RANGE platform.

More information:

- africacertdrill2021pressrelease_eng5

- africacertdrill2021pressrelease_fr1

10 - 11 May 2022


Caribbean Energy Sector Cybersecurity Forum

May 10th 10AM to 5PM EST and May 11th 10AM to 5:30PM EST

Cyberattacks are posing an increasing threat to the Caribbean’s energy sector. In light of this, from May 10th to May 11th, 2022, USAID’s Caribbean Energy Sector Cybersecurity Forum will convene energy sector stakeholders, cybersecurity experts, international aid organizations, and those looking to expand their cyber knowledge and capabilities to learn, grow, and network across the two days of the Forum. With events for all levels of cyber awareness, this forum is intended enhance the Caribbean energy sector’s security and capacity to manage the growing risk of cyberattacks.

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strengthening Utilities and Promoting Energy Reform (SUPER) program is focused on enhancing energy sector cybersecurity in the Caribbean region.

The registration and landing page can be found here:

4 May, 2022

Hybrid (Campus Biotech, Université de Genève and Online), Switzerland

Masterclass: “What is the role of philanthropy in advancing cyberpeace” ?

The proliferation of cloud-based technologies coupled with the move to remote work during the pandemic has dramatically increased the attack surface for cybercriminals. Overall, more than 50 per cent of NGOs now report that a cyberattack has targeted them. One of the reasons is that nonprofits often possess valuable data about donors, clients and employees but may be less likely than for-profit organisations to have modern cybersecurity programs in place.

These factors combine to create a perfect storm for both philanthropies and nonprofits trying to keep up. To thwart malicious actors, organisations in the philanthropy space need to focus on standard security practices and their unique vulnerabilities, from the bottom to the top.

What kinds of attacks are nonprofits facing? Why ensure proper cybersecurity programs is critical for nonprofit funders? How could philanthropy actors contribute to changing cyberspace and shape cyberpeace?

Those questions will be addressed by Fabien Leimgruber and Ottavia Galuzzi from the CyberPeace Institute, along with Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio, from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy (University of Geneva).

22 Feb, 2022

Cybersecurity: Cyber threats to NGOs and nonprofits

During this one-hour event on cybersecurity and cyber threats to NGOs the CyberPeace Institute will share stories and examples of recent cyber-attacks against NGOs in Geneva and beyond. You will also get the opportunity to learn more about the recent attack shared by CAGI and the CyberPeace Institute targeting emails servers. Other examples will include insights into a ransomware attack that was able to affect and paralyze the finance system of an International NGO as well as how the Instagram account of another organization was taken over by cyber criminals.

The CyberPeace Institute will also present the CyberPeace Builders, a project launched in 2021 dedicated to providing free assistance to NGOs in critical civilian sectors anywhere in the world. Join to find out how your organization could benefit from this unique cybersecurity program!

22 Feb, 2022


The Collective Approach to Sectorial Cybersecurity Challenges

The first cybersecurity conference in Africa and Arab region focused on collaborative cybersecurity and incident response.

Cybersecurity via collaborative and sectorial leadership is a winning strategy. Collaborative approach provides organisations with improved coordination and better sectorial incident handling due to specific sectorial context available. It also enables early warning signalling across the sector and attaining threat intelligence international communities.

This virtual conference will focus on collaborative cybersecurity approach - why it is important for financial sector organisations and what are the tactics for fostering it. One of the key presentation will be a case study - a real example on enhancing sectorial cybersecurity resilience. Also, you will hear what the benefits are of being a part of an international cybersecurity community and the true value of establishing a CSIRT or a SOC.

Agenda and registration link of the conference will follow soon. The conference is free of charge.

2nd - 3rd March 2022


2022 TF-CSIRT Meeting & FIRST Regional Symposium Europe

The 2022 TF-CSIRT Meeting & FIRST Regional Symposium Europe will be held online March 2nd- 3rd, 2022. Co-organized with GEANT.

You can find the detailed Agenda here:

And the registration link here:

1 February 2022


Report Launch “Cyber Incident Management in Low-Income Countries”

As part of the GFCE Research Webinar Series, this session will present the findings of the report "Cyber Incident Management in Low-Income Countries", GFCE Working Group B Task Force Leads and CCB researchers will provide their input on understanding the value of proactive communication assisting CERT/CSIRTs, governments, organizations and decision makers to better understand the importance of, and plan for, proactive incident management communications.

22 November - 2 December


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.

7 - 9 December 2021


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.

16 November 2021

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

24 November 2021


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.

26-27 October 2021

Online, Netherlands (the)

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.

27 Oct, 2021


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

13 Oct, 2021

Online, United States

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.

23 Sep, 2021


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.