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29 Jun, 2022

Online

Report Launch: “National Cybersecurity Strategies: Lessons Learned and Reflections from the Americas and Other Regions”

11AM EASTERN TIME | 3PM UTC

A National Cybersecurity Strategy is an essential policy tool for any nation’s economic, security, and social well-being. As Latin America and the Caribbean prioritize the development, revision, and implementation of NCS, adopting the best approach at the national level can become a challenge. The Cybersecurity Program of the OAS/CICTE and Global Partners Digital will launch their publication: “National Cybersecurity Strategies: Lessons Learned and Reflections from the Americas and Other Regions” addressing possible approaches to develop, implement, and review an NCS.

Webinar in English, interpretation in Spanish available.

28 Jun, 2022

Tel Aviv University - Berglas Building(Room 101), Israel

Capacity Building – Bridging the Implementation Gap

16:00-17:30 (UTC+3)

Once again, Cyber Week is proud to present an event focused on sharing approaches for capacity building and building digital resilience. There is much to learn from existing projects and initiatives but we want to focus the discussion on bridging the implementation gap – how to make sure the work really makes an impact. Hear from leading lights in the community from multinational development agencies, country and project leads in this area and join the discussion on what should be done in order to achieve the desired results.

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is keen to continue the thought leadership in this area as part of it’s own work contributing to the world of cyber capability development, building on the Progress Methodology developed at TAU and the Regional Cyber Resilience Lab.

6 - 7 June 2022

Online

Diversifying Cyber Diplomacy

This event will be hosted by the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna. The aim of the workshop is a) to bring together academia, think tanks and public and private institutions and b) to bring all the CYDIPLO network teachers and researchers together and will focus on issues including, gender issues in cyber security and diplomacy, perspectives from the global south, capacity building challenges in emerging cyberdiplomacy nations, non-traditional/non-western forms and approaches to cyberdiplomacy. As well as a series of roundtable discussions, the workshop will include talks from those actively involved in cyber diplomacy and leading academics in the field. Day 1 of the workshop will be open to the public and streamed. Day 2 will be for network researchers only and will discuss issues related to project management and development, focusing on planned deliverables such as Special Issue in an academic journal and the Handbook of Cyberdiplomacy, as well as developing teaching materials and training for the MOOC and handbook.

Outputs: The workshop will result in detailed plans for delivery of the planned Special Issue, lead to a) a workshop summary on the basis of which an issue brief on diversifying cyberdiplomacy will be published, b) help to develop the sections of the handbook pertaining to non-traditional, non-western, approaches to cyberdiplomacy, and will examine the role of countries and actors in the global south, c) discuss the material produced for the Special Issue.

Keynote speakers:

- Enrico Calandro (GFCE)
- Clare Hutchinson (NATO)

Program Day 1

- Welcome and introduction (10:30 CET)
- Keynote talk 1 – Enrico Calandro: Cyber diplomacy in Africa: challenges, priorities and perspectives (11:00)
- Roundtable 1 – Diversifying cyber diplomacy: gender issues (11:45)
- Roundtable 2 – Diversifying cyber diplomacy: South-North relations, norms contestation, and capacity-building (14:00)
- Roundtable 3 – Diversifying cyber diplomacy: cooperation or contestation? (15:30)
- Keynote talk 2 – Clare Hutchinson: Gender mainstreaming in cyber diplomacy (17:15)

19 - 20 May 2022

Geneva and Online, Switzerland

Cyber PoA Multistakeholder Event: ”Advancing multi-stakeholder dialogue on the functions, responsibilities and operational requirements of a Cyber Program of Action”

Canada, The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Cyber Peace Institute are organising a 1.5 day in-person/hybrid workshop on:
“Advancing multi-stakeholder dialogue on the functions, responsibilities and operational requirements of a Cyber Program of Action” in Geneva, Switzerland from 1pm on May 19 to close of business on May 20th, 2022.

Participants may already register through the following Google form (recommended on Chrome): https://forms.gle/6Bkx6PBvtz1TL9r99

** Note: Immediate inquiries can be directed to arthur.david@international.gc.ca

28 Apr, 2022

Online

Cyber Diplomacy Webinar Overview: “Priorities and perspectives on cyber diplomacy from Africa”

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM SAST/CET (UTC+2)

This webinar aims to assist in conceptualising cyber diplomacy in Africa through a multistakeholder approach. Recent discussions at the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) level saw the UN connecting cybersecurity with development. Cyber diplomacy includes efforts made by nations to shape, at the global level, the governance of cyberspace to prevent or penalise cyber operations. Since cyber diplomacy is at the centre of navigating challenges and negative consequences of digitalisation, it is becoming a priority also for African countries. Therefore, African nations need to include cyber diplomacy in their national development plans.

Building on what was agreed during the first OEWG, the panellists at the roundtable will discuss the following:

1. In what ways and to what degree are African nations participating in that debate?
2. Do African countries have enough capacity to meaningfully engage in cyber diplomacy? How can that capacity be built?
3. What are some of the priorities and positions of African countries in multilateral debates about cybersecurity?
4. What are the underlying assumptions upon which debates on peace and stability in cyberspace are predicated? Do they reflect the African reality on cyber stability and digital sovereignty?
5. Does the final report of the OEWG reflect African priorities on peace and stability in cyberspace? What else is needed?
6. Have civil society organisations from Africa been involved in these processes? What role can they play in cyber diplomacy?

14-16 June 2022

European Cyber Agora

The European Cyber Agora is a multi-stakeholder platform bridging the gap between government, civil society and industry across Europe to shape the European cybersecurity policy agenda and identify European perspectives on global cybersecurity policy debates. It promotes collaboration across sectors including diverse voices and contributes to evidence-based cybersecurity policymaking through research-based and outcome-oriented engagement.

30 Mar, 2022

Online

SADC Cybersecurity Maturity Study Launch

The Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa will launch the SADC Cybersecurity Maturity Study Launch on 30 March.

The study was carried out in collaboration with the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) at the University of Oxford and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), with the aim to provide an empirical analysis of cybersecurity capacities in the region.

The result is an in-depth analysis of the status of cybersecurity maturity at a regional level, analysed across the five dimensions of the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM):

• Dimension 1: Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy
• Dimension 2: Cybersecurity Culture and Society
• Dimension 3: Building Cybersecurity Knowledge and Capabilities
• Dimension 4: Cybersecurity Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
• Dimension 5: Cybersecurity Standards and Technologies

The findings suggest that the region is at a lower maturity level compared to the rest of the world on all dimensions. While this is not good news, these findings provide a clear basis for prioritising the building of cybersecurity capacity across the region. SADC countries find themselves predominantly at start-up or formative levels of cybersecurity maturity. The major differences in maturity between the SADC region and the rest of world were in the trust and confidence in online services (Dimension 2), the legal frameworks of cybersecurity (Dimension 4), and in national incident response (Dimension 1).

6 Apr, 2022

Global Policy Dialogue and Briefing: Cybersecurity Strategy Design and Implementation

The World Bank and ITU are co-organizing a Global Policy Dialogue and Briefing on Cybersecurity Strategy Design and Implementation to highlight the importance of designing, implementing and maintaining a national cybersecurity strategy (NCS). The main objective is to support national leaders and policymakers in the ongoing development, establishment, and implementation of national cybersecurity strategies and policies.

The event will be held virtually April 6:
• 8:00 am – 10:00 am CEST for Asia and the Pacific
• 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CEST for Africa, Americas, Arab Region, Europe & CIS.

The first hour of each session will focus on Designing and Implementing Cybersecurity Strategies, with representatives from demand and supply countries in terms of cybersecurity capacities. The second hour will be a NCS Masterclass that will introduce the second edition of the Guide to Developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy, present its features and possibilities for implementation.

10 Mar, 2022

Online

Community Talk #2 on Cyber Diplomacy, Season 2: Cyber attribution: it’s complicated (?)

Cyber attribution: it’s complicated (?)

A series of multi-stakeholder community talks on global cyber-issues is back soon with season 2. For season 2, our goal continues to focus on helping the private sector and technical community learn more about the UN cyber-dialogue (the UN OEWG), and how they could support UN Member States in maintaining international security and peace. We thus aim to close the gap that exists between different professionals in building cyber-stability.

Three simple questions to the experts will identify:
(i) How, conceptually, do the three dimensions – technical, legal and political – in cyber attribution intertwine with each other?
(ii) What are existing good practices in conducting cyber attribution (on all three ‘fronts’: technical, legal and political)?
(iii) What are the challenges and limitations in conducting cyber attribution, including making attribution public (on all three fronts)?

The Talk #2 titled as ‘Cyber attribution: it’s complicated (?)’ will feature the following great experts:

• Nathalie Jaarsma, Ambassador at-Large for Security and Cyber, the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
• Stefan Soesanto, Senior Cyber Defense Researcher, CSS/ETH Zurich
• Ivan Kwiatkowski, Senior Security Researcher, the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), Kaspersky; and
• Fabio Cristiano, Postdoctoral researcher at the Hague Program on International Cyber Security, the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, as a discussant.

What are the community talks?
A limited series of semi-formal discussions between diplomats, security researchers, technologists, academia, law enforcement professionals and all others who work to keep cyberspace stable and secure.

31 May - 3 June 2022

Tallin, Estonia, Estonia

14th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon)

The annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon, hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence addresses the most relevant issues concerning the cyber defence community. Entering its second decade, CyCon has established itself as a prominent multidisciplinary conference and community-building event for cyber security professionals from around the world, while at the same time adhering to the highest standards of academic research.

Throughout the years, CyCon has presented keynotes and panels focusing on the technical, legal, policy, strategy and military perspectives of cyber defence and security. Each year, around 600 decision-makers, opinion-leaders, law and technology experts from the governments, military, academia and industry of nearly 50 countries meet at CyCon to address current cyber security challenges in an interdisciplinary manner.

3 Mar, 2022

Online, Kenya

“A study paper on human-centred cybersecurity: Kenyan FinTech sector” Launch Event

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm CET (4.00 pm – 5.30 pm EAT)

Launch of “A study paper on human-centred cybersecurity: Kenyan FinTech sector” authored by KICTANet and commissioned by Trust4Cyber-Flagship.

This study maps the cybersecurity landscape in Kenya with a focus on the financial sector, and advocates for a human-centric approach in cybersecurity in the sector. It also provides the Kenyan country context in legislation, stakeholders, and the financial sector noting the increased access, use and adoption of ICTs in the country facilitating digital payments and e - commerce.

Agenda

- Welcoming – Salomé Eggler, Head of Digital Transformation Centre Kenya
- Presentation of the outcomes / recommendations of the study paper – Ali Hussein, Chairman Board of Trustees at Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) and Executive Board Member at Africa Fintech Network,
- Commenting of recommendations from different sectors
o Government (Communications Authority Kenya)
o Civil society (Nanjira Sambuli, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
o Private Sector (Catherine Muraga, Stanbic Bank)

- Q+ A
- Closing – Deborah Klein, Trust4Cyber-Flagship

31 January - 15 February 2022

Online

International Cyber Crisis Management Regional Workshop Series

How could regional cyber crisis measures be triggered? What are the most relevant and pressing region-specific vulnerabilities and threats? To stimulate the sharing of different views and experiences on how to strengthen peace and stability in cyberspace from the regional level, the international/strategic implications of cyber crises and their management at the regional and multilateral levels, UNIDIR in partnership with regional organizations will co-host a series of half-day regional workshops.

This workshop will cover: the relationship between the technical and political crisis management necessary in the cyber realm; cybersecurity efforts of Member States including through the implementation of norms and Member States’ expectations on the role of the UN in how regional organizations address cyber insecurity and prevent and manage cyber crisis.

• Workshop 1: European Union (31 January 2022, 09:00-12:30 CET)

• Workshop 2: African Union (2 February 2022, 09:00-12:30 CET)

• Workshop 3: Organization of American States (15 February 2022, 09:30-13:00 EST)

Please note that this event is by invitation only. For further information please contact sectec-unidir@un.org

22 Feb, 2022

Online

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.

27th January 2022

Online

Report Launch “Putting Cyber Norms in Practice: Implementing the UN GGE 2015 recommendations through national strategies and policies”

3:00PM CET / 2:00PM UTC

The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) is pleased to launch the report “Putting Cyber Norms in Practice: Implementing the UN GGE 2015 recommendations through national strategies and policies". The report was written by Mika Kerttunen and Eneken Tikk, and was commissioned through the GFCE Global CCB Research Agenda mechanism.

The event will feature a presentation of findings, a panel discussion as well as a Q&A with the audience.

An advance copy of the report can be found here: https://cybilportal.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Putting-Cyber-Norms-in-Practice.pdf

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.

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