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Competence building for cyberpeace

09 November 2016 -

WMO Building, Geneva

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Cyberspace has become an essential component of modern society, yet its merits are accompanied by threats. Join us on Wednesday, 9th November for a discussion on what is needed to maintain a peaceful cyberspace in our Geneva Peace Week event on competence building for cyberpeace.

Competence building for cyberpeace

Wednesday, 9th November | 13:00-15:00 CET (12:00-14:00 UTC)

Vieira de Mello Auditorium | WMO Building

The defense from cyberattacks requires not only cutting-edge IT skills, but also a solid understanding of the legal and regulatory environment, international relations and diplomacy, and economic and institutional risks. Competences for cybersecurity are a prerequisite for peace, especially when it comes to protecting the critical infrastructure and enabling international cooperation in preventing and responding to cyber-incidents. 

DiploFoundation’s 2016 study Cybersecurity Competence Building Trends analysed the experiences from several OECD member states that have systematically advanced cyber competence building. The study underlined the importance of cross-professional collaboration and public-private partnerships.

This session will discuss cyber competence building trends, concrete efforts to advance cyberpeace, and challenges ahead for short- and long-term prospects. Join us for the discussion on what is needed to maintain a peaceful cyberspace, and learn about what can be done from a range of different perspectives.

Confirmed panellists:

  • Dr Daniel Stauffacher, President of the ICT4Peace Foundation
  • Ms Despoina Sareidaki, ICT Policy Analyst, Cybersecurity and Internet Policy, International Telecommunications Union
  • Mr David Rüfenacht, Analyst at MELANI and co-author of Cybersecurity Competence Building Trends

Moderator: Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform

This event is organised in the context of the Geneva Peace Week. To tweet, please use the hashtag #GVAPeaceWeek and #theGIP.