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Today’s headlines often feature the word ‘cyber’, reporting on threats related to the virtual world: online child abuse, stolen credit cards and virtual identities, malware and viruses, botnets and denial-of-service attacks on corporate or government servers, cyber-espionage, and cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure including nuclear facilities and power supply networks.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the rapid expansion of the Internet's user base. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its detriment. One side effect of the rapid integration of the Internet in almost all aspects of human activity is the increased vulnerability of modern society. The Internet is a part of the critical global infrastructure. Other core services of modern society, such as electric grids, transport systems, and health services, are increasingly dependent on the Internet. They are frequent targets of cyber-attacks.

What are the real cybersecurity challenges? What is the role of diplomacy, international legal instruments, and regional and national policies in addressing these threats, and how efficient are they? How does international cooperation in cybersecurity work, and what are the roles of the various stakeholders?

Diplo focuses on these and other related questions through online and in situ courses, awareness-raising sessions and events, evidence-based analysis, policy research, illustrations, and videos and other visuals. At the same time, the GIP Digital Watch observatory, operated by DiploFoundation, maintains regular updates on cybersecurity issues, actors, processes and mechanisms.


[NEW] Report "Cybersecurity in the Western Balkans: Policy gaps and cooperation opportunities"

The report was produced by DiploFoundation under the project "Cybersecurity Capacity Building and Research Programme for South-Eastern Europe", implemented with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, in partnership with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) (download in PDF).

 

 

[NEW] Report on cybersecurity competence building trends in OECD countries

The research, conducted by DiploFoundation and commissioned by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, identifies and reviews key trends and policy options for building competences in cybersecurity in ten OECD countries (Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States).

  • Report Cybersecurity Competence Building Trends (read or download) and its illustrated Executive Summary version (read or download)
  • Webinar digest and recording with presentation of the findings is available here.

 

 

Send a postcard from cyberspace!

Diplo's illustrated cybersecurity postcards from cyberspace aim at raising awareness about main challenges and issues related to cybersecurity, while allowing us to send our own message to others.

Pick your favorite poscard, add your personal message - and share via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or print and give out to friends and colleagues!

You can find all the postcards available for sharing or download here.

 


How can you participate?

Courses, programmes, events and resources:

Past activities:

  • A luncheon event "Towards a secure cyberspace via regional cooperation" organised by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland in cooperation with the Geneva Internet Platform on the occasion of the second meeting of the 2016-2017 UN GGE (report available here)
  • Webinar "Cyber norms: Towards an inclusive dialogue" with Angela McKay, Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team at Microsoft (webinar digest and recording available here)
  • Event on Competence building for cyberpeace held within the Geneva Peace Week in Geneva on 9 November 2016
  • 16th Young Faces Conference, with a thematic focus on “Strategic cybersecurity policy development in Southeast Europe”, ogranised by DCAF in cooperation with DiploFoundation in Belgrade from 30 November to 1 December 2016 (here)
  • Report Cybersecurity Competence Building Trends (read or download) and its illustrated Executive Summary version (read or download). Webinar digest and recording with presentation of the findings is available here. The research, conducted by DiploFoundation and commissioned by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, identifies and reviews key trends and policy options for building competences in cybersecurity in ten OECD countries (Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States).
  • Online Course on Cybersecurity for South-Eastern Europe, conducted by DiploFoundation in cooperation with DCAF, under the Cybersecurity Capacity Building and Research Programme for South-Eastern Europe supported by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA of Switzerland.
  • CyberLab, with simulations of cyber-attacks, visits to Dark Web, trying the BitCoin market and exploring the potentials and risks of 3D printing and Intenet of Things, took place during the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, 1-2 December 2015.
  • Scenario simulation exercise was organised during the OSCE Chairmanship Event on Effective Strategies to Cyber/ICT Security Threats on 30 October 2015 in Belgrade.
  • The second Cybersecurity Day, Fighting Cybercrime through closer International Cooperation, took place on 30 March 2015 in Geneva. Summary and recording are available here.
  • The first Cybersecurity Day, Cybersecurity: a Strategic View took place on 15 January 2015 in Geneva. This is the first in a series of cybersecurity days throughout 2015. View the event page for updates.
  • Winter School in Cybersecurity for Western Balkans and Moldova, in cooperation with DCAF, was organised from October to December 2014, online and Petnica, Serbia

Get involved:

  • Entertain yourself by solving a crossword (Java needed)
  • Test your knowledge with a quiz
  • Review our articles about cybersecurity (below)
  • Contact us to jointly organise capacity building activities with your needs in mind
  • Interact with our Internet governance team through Twitter (@igcbp) and Facebook
  • Contact us at ediploinfo@diplomacy.edu

See also:

Events

20 Dec 2016 to 22 Dec 2016

The event is the next step in the comprehensive approach towards building a platform for a multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity in Serbia, jointly initiated in 2015 by DiploFoundation, DCAF, 


13 Oct 2016

The discussion points for Session 4 on 'Two-speed cyber security in the Western Balkans?' included the following topics:


Blogs

9 Dec 2016

A report from the luncheon event on the occasion of the second meeting of the UN GGE


5 Aug 2016

Even though the dark web is often associated with 'the bad', it also contains 'the good' - and ‘the ugly’. What makes the dark web particularly resilient?


4 Jul 2016

Terrorists are using the Internet for a wide-range of purposes. On the operational side, terrorist organisations use ICTs for internal communication and fundraising, while on the public relations side, the Internet has proven to be an effective vehicle for disseminating and promoting terrorist ideologies. The spread of extremist propaganda over the Internet can have severe effects in the offline world, with last month’s shooting in Orlando a grave example of what online radicalisation can lead to.


5 May 2016

Cyberspace has become an essential component of modern society, yet its merits are accompanied by threats.


Resources - texts and articles

The increasing militarisation of cyber-space comes in response to fears of critical damage caused by digital weapons like Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS).


Videos

This is a recording of Diplo Foundation webinar: 'Cyber norms: Towards an inclusive dialogue' held on 23 November 2016. Panelist: Angela McKay Presenter: Vladimir Radunovic |...

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