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.
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?
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.
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.
Cyber 2021: Overcoming the Vulnerabilities of Digital Transformation
11-12 October 2021, 1:00PM-4:00PM BST
This year’s annual cyber conference will explore the accelerated digital transformation globally, the challenges it creates for effective cyber governance and security, and how to maintain a truly global and open internet.
Join an international audience of policymakers, senior business leaders, intergovernmental and multilateral organizations and other experts to engage in discussion over two days. With a focus on interactivity, key features in the virtual environment include 1:1 networking, polling, Q&A with speakers and live analysis of results.
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.
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.
Roundtable on Implementing Digital Transformation – A Case for Cyber Cooperation
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation America and Research ICT Africa, are organizing a Roundtable on Implementing Digital Transformation - A Case for Cyber Cooperation on October 6 at 15:00-16:30 SAST.
This roundtable will focus on refining the understanding of the imperative of inclusive digital transformation and the concomitant security implications and risks of this transformation in Africa. Furthermore, to examine ways in which these concerns can be addressed, speakers will provide examples of initiatives related to SDG 16 and 17 (and other SDG targets) being undertaken in multilateral and multistakeholder cooperation frameworks, that are currently contributing to a more equitable, secure and stable cyberspace.
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.
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Cyber Week Tel Aviv 2021
Cyber Week, organised annually by the Tel Aviv University will take place online between 19 and 22 July 2021.
The 10th-anniversary edition will be held jointly by the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), The Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University, the Israeli National Cyber Directorate under the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a leading international conference in cybersecurity.
Cyber Week gathers cybersecurity experts, industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and government officials. The event will run for a full week and include over 50 roundtables, panels, workshops, forums, competitions, and more.
Smart Cities Training Series 2021 – Webinar #6: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is one of the foundations of digital transformation, and is a key element to take into consideration to protect data and systems. However, it’s not always evident how to assess how to address this challenge and build a cybersecurity strategy. This webinar will focus on the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM) a methodical framework designed by the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) to review a country’s cybersecurity capacity in a holistic way.
The CMM considers cybersecurity to comprise five Dimensions which, together, constitute the breadth of national capacity that a country requires to be effective in delivering cybersecurity: developing cybersecurity policy and strategy; encouraging responsible cybersecurity culture within society; building cybersecurity knowledge and capabilities; creating effective legal and regulatory frameworks; and controlling risks through standards and technologies.
The webinar will provide an overview of the CMM’s structure and its deployment methodology. A case study from CMM reviews in the Pacific will be presented to exemplify how it impacted national cybersecurity capacity-building activity and investment in one of the 85 countries around the world where it has been implemented.
Cyber Defence and Cyber Security Exhibition and Conference 2021 (CYDES 2021)
The Malaysian National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) is organizing the Cyber Defence and Cyber Security Exhibition and Conference 2021 (CYDES 2021) from 1st - 3rd June 2021.
CYDES 2021 will be a showcase of advanced expertise, solutions and technologies to combating present and future cyber threats especially for government, military and law enforcement with one common objective of protecting each nation’s critical infrastructure networks including national defence and security; banking and finance; information and communications; energy; transportation; water; health services; government; emergency services and food and agriculture.
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.
Securing a Shifting Landscape: A Conversation with the Cybersecurity Tech Accord on Escalating Nation State Threats Online
This event features a panel discussion on how the technology industry is navigating escalating nation state conflict and threats in cyberspace and how the public and private sectors can work together on these issues. The discussion will build on the findings in a recent report produced by the Cybersecurity Tech Accord in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, and feature expert voices from across the technology industry addressing a pressing issue.
ITU Digital World 2021
The 2021 edition of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World will take place physically between 12 and 15 October in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The event is being hosted under the auspices of the government of Viet Nam.
The event will bring together policymakers, government officials, regulators, the corporate sector, NGOs, the tech sector, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to exhibit innovative solutions, network, share knowledge and debate with experts.