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13th December 2021

New York (US) & Online , United States

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.

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.

24 Nov, 2021


Launch Event: 2nd Edition of the Guide to developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy

A Consortium of Partner Organisations Launches the 2nd Edition of the Guide to Developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) on 24 November 12:00 - 15:00 UTC. Register here:

Digital technologies can be a powerful  enabler and catalyst  of inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development, but only if they are safe, secure, and resilient.  In order to  reap the benefits and manage the challenges of digitalization, countries need to frame their digital transformation and the proliferation of ICT-enabled infrastructures and services  within a comprehensive National Cybersecurity Strategy.  

To support governments in this endeavour,  a  consortium of partner organisations  from  the  public, private sectors, civil society and academia  jointly  developed and published a Guide to  Developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy  (NCS)  in 2018. Since then, most countries have  both  accelerated their digital transformation  and become increasingly concerned about the immediate and future threats to their critical services, infrastructures, institutions, and businesses, as well as to international peace and security that could result from cyber incidents. 

The fast-changing nature of cyberspace, the increased dependency on ICTs, and the proliferation of digital risks all call for continuous improvements to national cybersecurity strategies. For this reason, the authors of the Guide have updated its content to reflect the evolving nature of cyberspace, as well as the main trends that can impact cybersecurity and should therefore be included into national strategic planning. The objective of this second edition is to instigate strategic thinking and help national cybersecurity stakeholders in the development and implementation of such national cybersecurity strategies and policies.

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.

10 November 2021


Cyberdiplomacy: Critical challenges in cybersecurity and digital sovereignty

Time: 17:00 - 18:00 CET

Sciences Po's Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) is delighted to welcome Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair of Microsoft to deliver a lecture on Critical challenges in cybersecurity and digital sovereignty. The lecture will be followed by an interactive exchange with the audience.

New technologies have given raise to conundrums that neither governments, civil society, nor industry can tackle on their own. Moreover, given the interconnected nature of our online environments, we can no longer hide from them behind our national borders. In his lecture, Mr. Smith will highlight some of the most pressing concerns we need to tackle today as a society, as well as preview how we might evolve our current models of cooperation to solve them.

More information will be provided in the coming days, including a dail-in link, which will be shared with you upon registration.

3 Nov, 2021


Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?

3 November 2021 at 11:00 EDT /15:00 UTC / 17:00 CEST

In an effort to build on the December 2020 and February 2021 Let’s Talk Cyber multistakeholder discussions and to mark the launch of their new multistakeholder engagement website, currently under construction, the LetsTalkCyber Initative, is organizing a virtual session titled: “Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?“

In the first half of 2021, two United Nations (UN) processes successfully concluded with the adoption of two consensus reports by the GGE 2019/2021 and the OEWG 2019/2021, re-affirming the framework for responsible behaviour of states in cyberspace. But where do we go from here? How can we ensure these agreements are respected and implemented, and how can the multistakeholder community play an active role?

17-19 November 2021

Online & Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Dialogue (TSD)

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Sydney Dialogue is a world-first summit for emerging, critical and cyber technologies. The inaugural dialogue will be hosted virtually from Australia and will begin on 17–19 November 2021.

The Sydney Dialogue (TSD) will have an Indo-Pacific focus and will bring business, government and technology leaders together with the world’s best strategic thinkers, to debate, generate ideas and work towards common understandings of the challenges posed by new technologies.

TSD provides a forum for the world to anticipate and respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by increasingly complex advances in technology. The dialogue will span both public and private activities, including keynotes, panels, roundtables, podcasts, an annual publication and more. While the dialogue will start in November, the conversation will extend into early 2022 as we continue to launch new events.

The program will commence with an opening address from Australian Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP.

The Prime Minister of India – Narendra Modi – will also be giving a keynote address at the inaugural Sydney Dialogue.

Invitations will be issued to select delegates from around the world, with priority given to those in the Indo-Pacific region. This year, most plenary sessions will be broadcast live to the general public, others will be publicly available at a later stage and a small number will be closed-door.

11-12 October 2021


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.

12-13 October 2021


Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge for South Africa

Atlantic Council and the Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA) at the University of Cape Town, are partnering to host the inaugural Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge in South Africa. The Cyber 9/12 Challenge for South Africa is designed to offer students enrolled in tertiary education programmes across a wide range of academic disciplines in South African universities, a better understanding of the policy challenges associated with cybercrime and/or cyber operations. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge for South Africa gives students interested in understanding and learning how to tackle and respond to cybercrime and/or to cyber operations, from a technical, policy, and legal angles an opportunity to interact with expert international, regional, and national mentors, judges, and cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation.

Student teams will be challenged to respond to an evolving scenario involving a major cyber-attack and analyse the threat it poses to state, military, and private sector interests. Teams will be judged based on the quality of their policy responses, their decision-making processes, and their oral presentation to a panel of judges. Along the way, teams will work with coaches at their home institution to develop their policy skills and feedback from expert panels of judges will ensure that all participants have an opportunity to improve their skills, as well as networking opportunities during the competition.

23 Sep, 2021


Securing our Digital Future

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT

Join Foreign Policy on September 23rd for a new Virtual Dialogue exploring the economic, social, and geopolitical implications of escalating cybersecurity threats and the urgent need for international collaboration to combat them.

Against the backdrop of the 76th UN General Assembly and the proliferation of cyber attacks globally, FP Analytics, in partnership with Microsoft, will unveil a special report exploring how multilateral consensus for norms and rules around cybersecurity could safeguard the digital ecosystem. As recent, high-profile attacks have shown, malicious actors are relentlessly seeking out weaknesses in countries’ and companies’ cyber defenses. According to FP Analytics' report, a united front to defend critical infrastructure, businesses, and government assets will be critical to safeguarding the digital environment for economic growth, national security, and citizens’ privacy.

Microsoft President Brad Smith will join the event along with global thought leaders, policy experts, report contributors, and private sector executives will virtually sit together to share key insights from the report, explore the current state of play of multinational and regional efforts, and discuss ways to facilitate greater multi-stakeholder collaboration in addressing global cyber threats.

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.

21 - 22 October, 2021

Kigali (Rwanda) and Online, Rwanda

African Finance Cybersecurity Conference 2021

The objective of this conference is to initiate and foster a financial sector cybersecurity community at the continental level, connected to international intelligence, enabling trusted information exchange and cooperation.

It will be held from October 21st till October 22nd at the Kigali Convention Centre (Rwanda) during the African Microfinance Week 2021. Although on-site attendance is recommended, it can also be attended remotely. Note that Covid-19 compliant sanitary measures will be strictly enforced at the conference venue in Rwanda.

The African Finance Cybersecurity Conference will consist of 2 tracks:

- Information Sharing & ACRC - Thursday 21st of October from 8.30 am – 6.00 pm & Friday 22nd from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

- Research & Education – Thursday 21st of October from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm & Friday 22nd from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Registration for On-site participation opens September 15th and closes on October 4th. Pre-registration is required for remote participation, and registration will be confirmed by ACRC.

Registration for remote participation opens September 15th and closes October 20th.

For further information, you can contact

17 Sep, 2021


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.

16 - 18 November, 2021


Octopus Conference

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.

4 - 8 Oct, 2021

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.

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