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PIR Center Program Coordinator Alexandra Kulikova takes part in OSCE Chairmanship Event on Effective Strategies to Cyber/ICT Security Threats, October 29-30, 2015 Belgrade, Serbia

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Alexandra Kulikova participated in OSCE Chairmanship Event on Effective Strategies to Cyber/ICT Security Threats

05.11.2015

MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 6, 2015. PIR PRESS. “Regional formats and bilateral treaties have special potential to develop  the instruments to establish trust between states and technical communities; they allow to devise mechanisms of transparency and cyberspace strategy awareness building in an ultimately practical and trusted manner,” - Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”.

On October 29-30, 2015, Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security,” participated in the Workshop on Effective Strategies to Cyber/ICT Security Threats. The event was organized in Belgrade in the framework of Serbia's OSCE Chairmanship. Organizers of the workshop took over from the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship last year under which a meeting was organised to discuss the implementation of the Initial Set of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to reduce the risk of conflict stemming from the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) agreed by OSCE participating States in 2013. The objective of the latest event was to review the progress with regard to the implementation of the CBMs in the OSCE region and cooperation in the course of development the second set of measures.

The first set of CBMs was adopted in 2013 and was the first international, non-binding agreement on application of confidence-building measures in cyberspace to avoid  conflict in cyberspace. It consists of 11 points which reflect the states' intention to transparently implement their national cyberstrategies, elaborate efficient mechanisms to exchange  timely and relevant information to avoid cyber incidents and ICT military conflict.

“ICT infrastructure has become a matter of strategic importance not only for governments but also businesses and citizens; enabling economic growth, social development and national prosperity”, Aleksandar Nikolić, State Secretary of the Serbia’s Interior Ministry said in a welcome speech. He emphasized that “if communication networks are compromised, misused or attacked, so is life as we know it”.

The workshop brought together some 150 participants, including 19 international experts from Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Israel, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, UK, USA and representatives of relevant national authorities including Ministries for Foreign Affairs, Interior, Defence, Justice, and Telecommunications, as well as representatives from Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), the private sector, think tanks, and civil society. Russia was represented by officers of the Permanent Mission to the OSCE and the Russian Embassy in Serbia.


Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” spoke at the first session “Promoting the Implementation of the First Set of CBMs”. The expert pointed at CBMs as part of a wider measures to ensure stability in cyberspace, including norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace and cyber capacity building, in particular as reflected in the report of the UN Group of Governmental Experts issued in summer 2015. While speaking on the importance of development of trust matters and elaborating “language of trust”, Alexandra Kulikova highlighted some of the regional initiatives: the revised version of the SCO Code of conduct (January 2015), which  contains reference to CBMs; the Ufa Declaration, adopted at the latest BRICS Summit – particularly article 34, which mentions creation of a special working group to develop and implement CBMs by the BRICS countries.

“Regional formats and bilateral treaties have special potential to develop the instruments to establish trust between states and technical communities; they allow to devise mechanisms of transparency and cyberspace strategy awareness building in an ultimately practical and trusted manner” – the PIR Center Program Coordinator concluded. She stressed that successful CBMs realization requires high level of trust, which, in turn, involves sustained and systematic efforts to build up not just diplomatic relations but technical specialists’ communications as well.

During the workshop, participants discussed global, regional and sub-regional processes with a view to promoting effective cyber/ICT security frameworks and strategies. Discussions also focused on effective co-operation at the international and regional levels to support the implementation of confidence-building measures across the whole OSCE region. Karsten Geier, the Head of Cyberpolicy department of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the German representative in the UN Group of Governmental Experts, mentioned that his country, which takes over the OSCE Chairmanship next year, planned to make  the issues of ensuring stability in cyberspace as one of its top priority agenda issues.

Please direct all questions about the electronic journal Cyber Pulse to PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Management and International Information Security” Alexandra Kulikova by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15  or by email kulikova at pircenter.org.


 

   

 

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