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14.09.2016

“Broad public discussion of the IANA Stewardship Transition has demonstrated remarkable efficiency of the multistakeholder model. It was a challenging process that took quite a while, the stakeholders exchanged their opinions – but we have succeeded and it proves that the multistakeholder model functions successfully. The procedures that the community managed to go through during IANA Stewardship Transition may also be useful to take on the problems in other areas of international politics and security,” – Mikhail Yakushev, Vice President for Stakeholder Engagement in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ICANN.

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.

07.06.2016

 “Everything that occurs within the framework of the OSCE in matters of international information security, belongs to the sphere of confidence building measures, i.e. all of this, by definition, should be considered as military issues. However, for some reason this fact is often overlooked. And it is overlooked in vain. A factual acknowledgement by the OSCE member states of the existence of wars in cyberspace (and the use of information techniques) in modern international relations and a desire to carry out these wars as humanely as possible, ‘building confidence’, stems from that fact” — Alexander Fedorov, PIR Center Advisory Board Member.

 

21.04.2016

“The round table with participation of the PIR Center experts was held at high professional level. Andrey Baklitskiy and Oleg Demidov in plain language elaborated on the sophisticated mechanisms forming base for the Internet and the nuclear weapons respectively, clarifying many details that were critical for understanding their operation and importance. I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this event and to discuss with the experts the most relevant phenomena of the modern world, such as the Internet and nuclear programs of Iran and DPRK”, — Andrei Chistyakov, student of the MGIMO School of International Relations.

12.04.2016

“Current dynamics of threats and challenges to cybersecurity of critical infrastructure show that the EU does not have next 10 years for enhancing CII categorizations and specificating general regulatory guidelines for protection of critical infrastructures (CI) from cyber threats. The process should be speeded up and working transborder mechanism in the field of CI cybersecurity should be put in place immediately. This premise is relevant not only for EU, but for Russia as well, particularly since in Russia’s case within this complex process, there is no need to coordinate national approaches at the uppermost, supranational level of regulation.”  Oleg Demidov, PIR Center consultant

   

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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