“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.
On May 26, 2016, Moscow center Humanitarium helds the round table “Cyberspace Operations in Armed Conflicts and Proportionality Rule: Thinking out Loud” co-organized by the ICRC, the PIR Center and the Institute of Information Security of Lomonosov M...
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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.
“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.
Global Internet Governance and International Information Security
“PIR Center can take rightful pride in being one of the first non-governmental think tanks to engage into thorough research on the issues of international information security and global internet governance. I would like to encourage the PIR Center to continue building on the results it has already achieved and to pursue further research in this field".
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security Andrey Krutskikh
Today’s issues of global internet governance and international information security came to the forefront of international security challenges. Thus, the damage of Iranian nuclear infrastructure objects by Stuxnet worm was marked by both Russian and American experts as one of the most prominent events in the list of challenges to international security. Besides, the WikiLeaks documents have shattered domestic and international political dynamics in a number of regions across the world and continue to do so.
Progress in development and implementation of advanced information and communication technologies puts on the table the challenge of threat assessment arising from the probable use of such technologies for purposes inconsistent with keeping up international security and stability both in civil and military spheres.
Global Internet Governance and International Information Security Program
PIR Center assumes that conducting analysis of these threats in the context of objective dualism, inherent to the global role of ICT, has become an urgent task essential for finding solutions within Russia as well as for determining priorities of international cooperation.
Despite the cutting-edge nature of issues within the framework of the Prtoject PIR Center launched research in the field of information security and global internet governance in the end of 1990s when these issues just started to evolve in Russia's security agenda. Thus PIR Center became a pioneer in this field; in 2001 a collective monography Information Challenges to National and International Security (in Russian) was published, presenting a comprehensive scientific and analytical review of the issues of information security for the first time in Russia. A press conference at the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry was held to present the volume.
Also, a number of research articles have been published in the Russian edition of Security Index journal after that, including: China's Theory and Practice of Waging Information War (2001), International Information Security: Arena of Rivalry or a Path to Cooperation? (2002), Information Security and Globalization (2005); On Internet Fragmentation (2014); On Cryptocurrency regulation (2015); Russia-China Cyberpact (2015).
Today PIR Center is expanding and intensifying its activities in the field of international information security and global internet governance using this pioneer research experience as a solid basis for today's Project agenda.
In 2015 expert report “Global Internet governance and International Security in the Field of the ICT Use” written by Oleg Demidov, PIR Center Consultant, with participation of the working group on Global Internet Governance and International Information Security programme at the PIR Center expert council was published. The English language version was presented in June 2015 in Geneva on the sidelines of PIR Center events held jointly with partner organisations Centre russe d'études politiques and Trialogue Club International.
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Cybersecurity challenges have become one of the key concerns for the operators across all critical infrastructure (CI) sectors. Rapid progress in offensive cyber capabilities and upsurge of the number of CI cybersecurity incidents demand urgent reaction from operators...
The Nuclear Security Summit 2016 was held in Washington, D.C., United States, on March 31-April 1. Though the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism was the main topic presented at the Summit for the leaders of 58 participating countries, information and cybersecurity of nuclear infrastructure...
According to Oleg Demidov, PIR Center Consultant, by 2015 the world had finally recognized that states should develop binding norms of conduct in cyberspace. The article examines how the Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context o...
Development of international process, international negotiations and international norms of conduct in cyberspace lasts for at least 15 years. Only this year we are witnessing subscription of certain documents and conducting certain negotiations creating preconditions for real breakthrough in this s...
Alfredo Morelli, Argentina’s representative in the Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security established pursuant to resolution A/RES/53/70 (2012), has shared with Cyber Pulse his impressions fro...
At the ICANN 52 - the central topic was the IANA stewardship transition, where the three different communities and customers of IANA: (Numbers - RiRs, Protocols and Parameters- the IETF and Names - or ICANN) are yet to reach a consensus for a joint proposal to meet the Sept 2015 deadline. The first ...
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In the French White Paper on Defence and National Security presented by the President in June 2008, information systems security emerged, alongside deterrence, as an area in which the sovereignty of France should be fully expressed. More collective work remains to be done in order to fully achieve t...
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