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  • Affiliation : Director General, Group-IB
  • Affiliation : Head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab
  • Position : Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the issues of international cooperation in the field of information security
  • Affiliation : Russian Foreign Ministry
  • Affiliation : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities, PJSC VimpelCom
  • Position : Director of Strategic Projects
  • Affiliation : Institute for Internet Research
  • Position : General Manager
  • Affiliation : Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD)
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PIR Center Holds Training Course on Global Internet Governance and Information Securirty

02.04.2014

MOSCOW, APRIL 2, 2014. PIR PRESS - “PIR Center’s Training Course stands out first of all by remarkably high level of professional background of the participants, organizers, and of course, the instructors. The sessions were distinguished by their intellectuality, informative materials, and practical usefulness. Not only such programs are very effective in dissemination of knowledge, but they also are perfect for launching of a real dialogue between young experts, establishing new professional contacts and generating new ideas”, - Vardan Atoyan, Director of National Security Program at the Amberd Research Center, Armenian State Economic University, Yerevan, Armenia.

On March 17-19, 2014, the PIR Center held the first Training Course “Global Internet Governance and Information Security for Young Experts,” which was organized in cooperation with of the Internet Support Foundation (Moscow) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The course, the first of its kind, hosted a group of students including 14 young private sector experts, Ministry of Defense officers, staff from universities and research centers from Russia and five CIS countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

For the first time in the practice of Russian-language training and outreach programs, PIR Center’s Training Course embraced a wide range of issues related to global internet governance, information security, and cybersecurity with a strong focus on its international legal and policy aspects.  

During the lectures, seminars, round table and debates, students of the Training Course became familiar with expert views on ways of ensuring information security of critical infrastructure, the transformation of global Internet governance architecture, and protection of privacy in the Internet. They also learned about expert opinions on the prevention of conflicts in cyberspace, the development of the Russian approach to international information security and cybersecurity issues, global identification in the Internet, and methods of fighting transborder cybercrime. During these three days, a series of nine lectures was held, accompanied with seminars, an expert round table, and debates between the teams of the training’s students.

Many of the leading Russian experts shared their ideas with the Training course students, including Irina Levova, Head of Strategic Projects Department at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications; Ilya Sachkov, CEO of Group-IB; Leonid Todorov, Deputy Director of the Government Relations at the Coordination Center for Top-Level Domains .RU/.РФ; Mikhail Yakushev, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board; Andrey Yarnykh, Head of Strategic Projects at Kaspersky Lab, etc.

Also, as a part of the training, an expert roundtable was held on “Transformation of Global Internet Governance after Edward Snowden: Is It Possible to Find a balance Between Security and Users Rights?”. The list of its participants included: Oleg Demidov, Director of the PIR Center Program “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance”; Patrick Jones, Senior Director for Global Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN; Andrey Krutskikh, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the issues of international cooperation in the field of information security; and Michael Yakushev, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board. In addition to the roundtable, the experts also participated in lectures and other working formats of the training course.

The training’s students highly appreciated the substantive content and format of the program, citing the outstanding lecturers and their qualifications, the program’s broad thematic scope, the deep interdisciplinary approach used in discussing the issues, and the diverse and interactive format of the classes. They also enjoyed the combination of technical aspects with topics of international law and international policies in the field of internet governance and information security, which previously never took place in Russian-language programs.

Sharing his impressions of participating in the PIR Center training course, Vardan Atoyan, the Director of the National Security Program at the Amberd Research Center under the Armenian State Economic University, pointed out: “In my opinion, PIR Center’s training course stands out first of all by remarkably high level of professional background of the participants, organizers, and of course, the instructors. The sessions were distinguished by their intellectuality, informative materials, and practical usefulness. I plan to pass on the knowledge I acquired during the training to my students in my work as a lecturer and also to use it in my scientific research. Not only such programs are very effective in dissemination of knowledge, but they also are perfect for launching of a real dialogue between young experts, establishing new professional contacts and generating new ideas”.

Following the end of the PIR Center training, the students received an information kit containing the lectures from the training, scientific publications, and other relevant thematic material. Detailed info on the training is also available at PIR Center website. Given the high rating of the training course both from the expert lecturers and from the students, PIR Center plans to develop such training and educational projects in the field of cybersecurity and internet governance and is open to proposals for cooperation in this endeavor.

PIR Center is actively engaged in research and educational activities related to ICTs in the context of international security and global governance in the framework of its Program “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance.”

In particular, the PIR Center Advisory Board held an extended meeting in an international roundtable format on March 4, 2014 in Moscow on “Russia and ICANN: The Search for a Common Agenda on the Issues of Global Internet Governance”. The meeting was attended by more than 40 Russian experts, as well as ICANN senior representatives.

In the framework of the Program, PIR Center has also published a special issue of its Security Index journal on “Global Security in the Digital Age” (in Russian). Also, PIR Center is currently preparing for publication a non-governmental report - White Paper on information security and Internet governance.

For all questions concerning PIR Center’s program “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” please contact the Program Director Oleg Demidov by phone at +7 (495) 987-19-15, by fax at +7-495-987-19-14 or by email at demidov at pircenter.org.


     

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