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02.03.2017

“Both strategic stability and global security rely heavily on confidence. The inherent dual-use nature of all emerging technologies can undermine this confidence and has the potential to trigger arms races”, Jarmo Sareva, Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). 

28.12.2016

«Operators of critical infrastructure (CI) all over the world are facing increasing cyber risks. The danger is coming not from accidental software and hardware failures or human factor as it used to be. The threat focus is shifting towards purposeful cyber-attacks on CI, conducted by skillful actors with both criminal and policy motivation», – Oled Demidov, PIR Center’s Consultant.

21.11.2016

“We are facing the threat of the possible recurrence of purposely designed software breaking even through the “air wall”. In these circumstances we are concerned about what is being done about it, and how regulators, industry representatives, market, and, finally, international society are changing their approach to the recent developments” – PIR Center consultant Oleg Demidov. 

11.11.2016

“Considering the multifaceted nature of today's non-traditional threats, security goes beyond the capabilities of States. To combat these challenges, it is necessary to use not only intergovernmental mechanisms, but also to involve non-state actors”, – Chairman of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Head of Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) Mely Caballero-Anthony.

22.07.2016

"An important feature of ensuring industrial cybersecurity is that every such project is unique — just like every type of industrial infrastructure, which means one cannot simply install certain standardized product in order to protect it", − Matvey Voytov, Senior product marketing manager at the Department of critical infrastructure protection of the Kaspersky Lab.

15.07.2016

In the new issue of the Security Index: Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on DPRK nuclear testing and the future of the CTBTO, PIR Center’s recommendations for strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with comments by Sergio Duarte, High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Vadim Kozyulin on autonomous combat systems, Andrey Shkarbanov and Konstantin Stalmakhov on civil liability for nuclear damage, Kamal Gasimov on conflicts and squabbles within Syrian opposition, round table discussion on high-tech crime co-sponsored by CCI and PIR Center, Olga Mikhailova on cyber security of NPPs and critical infrastructure, Alyona Makhukova on Humanitarian initiative and the NPT review process.

04.07.2016

"Theoretically speaking, unexpected stubbornness of a nuclear power plant’s systems responsible for operation of a nuclear facility, processing of nuclear material and safety features designed to prevent accidents can lead to events with consequences comparable to the Chernobyl disaster," — Olga Mikhailova, a nuclear security consultant.

09.06.2016

“If we just apply the treaty law, we may be tempted to think that if a cyber-attack is not an attack under the classical definition, then it is not restricted. We have to discuss to what extent cyber-attacks can be qualified as acts of violence in a legal sense” Nils Melzer, Human Rights Chair at Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

08.06.2016

PIR Center and the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry will hold an international conference “Emerging Technologies and Global Security: an Agenda for the 21st Century”. The Conference will take place in Moscow on September 29, 2016.

06.04.2016

"In case of conventional armed conflicts it is much easier to determine who the warring parties are – you can go to the battle field and see. When fighting involves computer technologies it’s not always possible to identify the source of the attack, the offenders, let alone to understand whether the authorities of the state from which it originated, are involved and to which extent", − Maria Gavrilova, legal advisor at the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Russia, Belarus and Moldova.

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