The UN Cybercrime Treaty: Is it a Crime?
Join the Stimson Centre for an online discussion with international experts on the new cybercrime treaty’s significance for human rights and cyber accountability at the global, regional and national levels.
4:00 - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Envoy Series—Countering Ransomware’s Hostile Takeover (Virtual)
This program will fall under the Tech Envoy Series, enabling discussion of the ways the public and private sectors can join forces with civil society around the world to tackle today's greatest challenges through technology.
The program will feature a panel of experts and will focus on the Organization of American States' and Amazon Web Services' white paper: Challenges and Strategies: Considerations on Ransomware Attacks in the Americas.
Online Status Check of the Proposal for a UN Cyber Programme of Action
The Cyber Program of the Stimson Centre is hosting an online discussion about the proposal for a UN Cyber Programme of Action (PoA).
This online event is intended as a way for stakeholders to hear directly from the UN Secretariat about the current status of the cyber PoA – what has happened so far, what happens next? – in an effort to demystify and clarify the process. It will also be an opportunity for UNIDIR to provide a preliminary and informal overview of the inputs it has received and learn about initiatives to better coordinate amongst stakeholders. While the event is not closed to government representatives, preference will be given during the Q&A to non-governmental stakeholders.
Featured Speakers include: Katherine Prizeman, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs; Moliehi Makumane, Researcher, Security and Technology Division, UN Institute for Disarmament Research; and Jérôme Barbier, Head of Outer Space, Digital and Economic Issues, Paris Peace Forum.
Ransomware Task Force: Gaining Ground
This event will present reflections on the current status of the ransomware threat, the Ransomware Task Force’s (RTF) efforts, and what’s to come.
Industry, government, and civil society partners from the RTF will discuss the ransomware data ecosystem, unpack the drivers behind the illicit crypto ecosystem, dive into the ransomware element of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and highlight global efforts to tackle ransomware.
Panels will also highlight the Ransomware Task Force’s ongoing work, including efforts to drive international and domestic counter ransomware collaboration, bolster cyber civil defense, prepare small and medium-sized enterprises, and facilitate effective operational collaboration.
Themes & Topics
Cyberspace Governance at the United Nations
With a dual focus on cyber capacity building and international law, this event considers how these two elements interact and intersect, how discussions on them could progress in the UN space and outside it and how the two contribute to a safer and more secure cyberspace for all.
The event will explore how member states can achieve lasting, adaptable, and meaningful success in cyberspace governance at the United Nations whilst overcoming challenges for operationalization efforts, including differences in national capacities and capabilities, and divergences in national perspectives regarding the application of international law to cyberspace.
Web Forum: Finding long term solutions to curb cyber crimes in the digital sphere
The WebForum Conversation will focus on: “Finding a long-term solution to curb Cybercrimes in the digital sphere”.
The topics to be discussed will be
1. Data sovereignty in the cloud
2. The concept of ethical hacking
3. Metaverse VS. Web 3.0
4. Data protection and Cybersecurity policy
5. Challanges of Cyber secutity in the digital sphere
Getting it right: EU multi-stakeholder dialogue on the UN cybercrime treaty negotiation
13:00 to 14:00 CEST.
The EU Cyber Direct - EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative together with the European Commission and the European External Action Service organise the online meeting ‘Getting it right: EU multi-stakeholder dialogue on the UN cybercrime treaty negotiation’.
The United Nations negotiation of a new cybercrime treaty convenes for its second session (30 May – 10 June 2022) with the demanding task of discussing general provisions as well as criminalisation, procedural measures and law enforcement clauses. As this is the first time the UN Member States are negotiating a binding legal framework on cybercrime, the stakes are high on the scope and impact this work will have in regulating online activity and shaping international criminal justice cooperation in the digital era.
A building block to this process is the meaningful participation of diverse voices from the multi-stakeholder community and the incorporation of their input in the discussion. The European Union and its Member States have developed their contribution and, building on previous consultations, would invite an exchange of views with civil society organisations, the private sector and academia as the negotiation continues.
This virtual event will provide a venue to share insights on the EU position and stimulate a debate with non-governmental stakeholders to consult their perspectives about specific provisions and aspects of the negotiation.
31st UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ31)
From 16 to 20 May, civil society organizations and UN member states will gather in Vienna and online for the annual session of the CCPCJ.
Amid a busy season of meetings for the Vienna-based crime-focused diplomatic community, at the CCPCJ member states will consider four draft resolutions. Given the thematic focus on cybercrime in the plenary agenda and the ongoing negotiations on a new cybercrime treaty at the UN, the UK’s resolution on ‘effective national legal frameworks to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse’ will be particularly topical and shaped by the context of the treaty negotiation.
- On the 16th of May at 12:15 CEST, one of the sessions will focus on "The importance of including external perspectives in the negotiations on a UN #cybercrime treaty" with speakers Ian Tennant, H.E. Ms. Faouzia Boumaiza Mebraki, H.E. Troy Lulashnyk, Louise Marie Hurel, Joyce Hakmeh, Summer Walker and Eric do Val Lacerda Sogocio.
International cooperation on cybercrime prevention, investigation and prosecution using emerging technologies: challenges and opportunities
This webinar aims to highlight avenues for international collaboration to effectively combat cybercrime committed using emerging technologies and to harness the potential of these technologies to assist the work of criminal justice authorities, and provide a platform for exchange of best practices and resources.
Carried out the GLACY+ Project in cooperation with APWG.EU, the activity aims to:
- discuss the possible challenges and opportunities regarding international cooperation to prevent, investigate and prosecute cybercrime using emerging technologies;
- present and exchange best practices and resources on international private-public cooperation on cybercrime prevention and investigation using new technologies.
At the end of the webinar, participants are expected to have:
- increased their knowledge of specific methods of international collaboration to prevent, investigate and prosecute cybercrime using new technologies;
- acquired information about best practices, real-life cases, opportunities and challenges in international cooperation on cybercrime using new technologies;
- become aware of the types of support available through global capacity-building initiatives.
This webinar will be particularly useful for policymakers responsible for cybercrime policies and legislation; representatives in charge of cooperation with LEAs; criminal justice practitioners; and representatives of the private sector.
UN Ad-Hoc Committee on Cybercrime – First Session
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 75/282 and with General Assembly decision 76/552, the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 74/247, will hold its first session at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York, United States of America, from 28 February to 11 March 2022.
What Future for International Cybercrime Cooperation ? – LIVE STREAMED EVENT
18:00-19:00 UTC / 13:00-14:00 EST
A new United Nation (UN) process will officially begin on February 28, 2022 – the negotiation of the new cybercrime convention, as established by UN General Assembly resolution 74/247. This negotiation is unique in the UN context, as it represents the first-time states are negotiating a binding framework for cyberspace. As such it has the potential to dramatically change – for either better or worse – how the internet operates. It is likely to touch on the role of states in regulating the online world, seek to enhance cross border cooperation, and challenge how human rights are implemented online.
On Wednesday, 2 March 2021 at 13:00 EST / 18:00 UTC, the Let’sTalkCyber Initiative will be hosting an online panel discussion jointly organised by EU Cyber Direct and Chatham House titled: “What Future for International Cybercrime Cooperation?”. In this panel, we hope to hear from those charged with overseeing the negotiation to understand the process and identify opportunities for non-governmental stakeholders – industry, civil society, and academia, to provide input and help governments understand the impact of specific provisions. We also hope to hear more about the issues at stake from those who have been following adoption of similar frameworks at the national level. The main purpose of any law against cybercrime should be to protect targets and victims of cybercrime, offer effective remedies and an adequate set of human rights safeguards. Can this treaty provide that, and if so, how?
How to prevent cyber threats and participate in cyber peace
Cybercrime is on the rise and the cyber threat landscape is changing rapidly. What solutions should we adopt? How can we achieve peace in cyberspace?
Subject matter experts will address these questions during this roundtable event:
- Vincent Subilia, Director General,CCIG – Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services
- Nathalie Mombelli, Enterprise Security Manager, Microsoft
- Stéphane Duguin, Chief Executive Officer, CyberPeace Institute
- Delphine van Solinge, Corporate security Officer, ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross
- Jeremy Richard, Deputy Security Manager – IT Security Specialist – compliance, risks & management systems, Groupe Mutuel
Register by 10 January (limited capacity): https://agenda.ccig.ch/agenda/2022/01/Comment-se-premunir-contre-les-cybermenaces-et-participer-a-la-cyberpaix
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.
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.
Strengthening inclusive cybercrime policymaking: Europe regional consultation
12:00-3:30 PM (UTC)
Join Chatham House and the EU Cyber Direct project for this virtual regional consultation, intended for civil society, the private sector and other non-state stakeholders from the wider European region to share their perspectives on developing a new international convention on cybercrime, pursuant to United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/247.
As the United Nations prepares to negotiate a new convention on cybercrime starting in January 2022, it is vital that non-state stakeholders (such as civil society, the private sector, academia, and the technical community) have the opportunity to meaningfully share their opinions and concerns.
To this end, Chatham House’s International Security Programme is facilitating a series of virtual regional consultations to engage with non-state stakeholders from different regions during the negotiations on cybercrime, providing a platform for sharing knowledge, information and positions on different issues.
- Joyce Hakmeh, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Programme; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy.
- Patryk Pawlak, Brussels Executive Officer, European Institute for Security Studies.