Events

The fifteenth PIR Center International School on Global Security for Young Specialists will take place August 30 – September 6, 2015.

This year the School will be co-sponsored by PIR Center and Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs o...

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  • Affiliation : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities, PJSC VimpelCom
  • Position : Deputy director
  • Affiliation : Information Security Institute, Moscow State University
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
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“Cyberday” at PIR Center School

07.09.2015

MOSCOW, 4 SEPTEMBER, 2015.  PIR PRESS  — “On the threshold of the era of “the Internet of Everything”, in which privacy in cyberspace as we know it may disappear or become a premium service and millions of new networked devices will become vulnerable to hacking, society will have to answer some serious questions about the value and cost of users’ data privacy,” – Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Management and International Information Security”. 

On September 4th, 2015, during the PIR Center’s Fifteenth International School on Global Security, a series of classes dedicated to cyber security and global internet management were held.

PIR Center Consultant Oleg Demidov opened “Cyberday” with his introductory lecture on current and future risks and threats connected with the rapid development of the ICT industry. Oleg Demidov touched on the challenges of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in detail, among other topics.

Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”, highlighted the problems and prospects of maintaining online privacy with regards to the growing amount of user data accessible both to governments and private companies, which build their businesses around them.  “On the threshold of the era of “the Internet of Everything”, in which privacy in cyberspace as we know it may disappear or become a premium service and millions of new networked devices will become vulnerable to hacking, society will have to answer some serious questions about the value and cost of users’ data privacy,” Alexandra Kulikova remarked.

Anastasiya Gorelova, educational program coordinator at Kaspersky Lab, shed light on the complex picture of modern digital threats in the face of discussion on what “cyberweapon” means.  Economic and reputational harm from cyberespionage and targeted attacks is growing at an alarming rate.

One of the leading Russian lawyers in the sphere of internet management, member of the PIR Center’s expert council, and ICANN Vice-President for Global Stakeholder Engagement for in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Michael Yakushev delivered a lecture on current and future issues in global internet governance. The problems of anonymity and methods of identification on the internet drew particular interest.

The round table on the international law application in cyberspace attracted great interest among the participants, although most of them were new to the topic.  Maria Gavrilova, legal advisor at the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Russia, Belarus and Moldova, presented an overview of norms of international humanitarian law applicable to cyberspace, noting positions that require detailed implementation. Anatoly Streltsov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Information Security Issues at Moscow State University, developed the topic of non-linear applicability of norms of international law in light of the lack of a single interpretation of some of the most important concepts in the digital sphere, including “use of force,” “armed attack” and “act of aggression.”  Oleg Demidov emphasised the importance of widening the definition of aggression as outlined in Article III of UN GA Resolution №3314 (XXIX) from 14.12.1974.  As the attendees correctly observed, the use of international law in cyberspace is currently just a model which requires long and painstaking work by specialists.

In addition, School attendee Artyom Avetyan delivered an interesting presentation on the protection of personal data. The topic is currently very relevant in Russia due to the entry into force of federal law № 242 “On the introduction of changes in certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation with regards to clarifying the procedure of personal data processing in information and telecommunications networks,” (in Russian) also known as the law on the localization of personal data, requiring operators of Russians’ personal data to store them in the territory of the Russian Federation.

We would like to thank all of Cybemodule’s lecturers for their highly interesting reports and materials, and the PIR Center school attendees for their challenging questions!

Please direct all questions relating to the PIR Center program “International Information Security and Global Internet Management” to program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova by telephone +7-495- 987-19-15, fax +7-495-987-19-14, or email: kulikova@pircenter.org.

 

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