«The problem that has emerged with the revelations around the Equation Group could be an almost existential one for cyberspace. The proven and widely publicized case of successful firmware infection with such functionality poses uncomfortable questions about the reliability of existing cybersecurity models especially in the context of critical infrastructure objects. It seems the tech community might not yet have fully grasped the trust vacuum, and it will certainly take some time to see an articulated policy response» – PIR Center’s “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova.
On March 4, 2014 an extended meeting of PIR Center Advisory Board will be conducted in Moscow in the format of an international round table “Russia and ICANN: The Search for Common Agenda on the Issues of Global Internet governance”.
On December 10, 2013 the joint international seminar “Russia-ASEAN Common Agenda in Cyberspace: Tackling Global Threats, Strengthening Cybersecurity, Developing Cooperation” was held by PIR Center and the ASEAN Center under MGIMO University.
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- Position : Program Coordinator "Global Internet Governance and International Information Security", PIR Center
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- Position : Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe.
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The latest issue of the Global edition of Security Index journal summarizes key events in the field of global security over the second half of 2014 and even looks further ahead to 2015. It focuses on the ups and downs of the nuclear nonproliferation pays attention to a coming milestone event – the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
«One of the key points of the 52nd ICANN Meeting agenda was the discussion of possible scenarios of IANA functions transition from National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the U.S. Department of Commerce to the internet community. As no consensus was reached that would take into account views of all concerned stakeholders, many experts doubt that the task can be fulfilled before the contract between NTIA and ICANN expires in September 2015. The fate of the contract will be clarified during the ICANN June meeting in Buenos-Aires” – PIR Center’s “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova.
International Information Security and Global Internet Governance
“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 international information security and global internet governance 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, documents uploaded to the WikiLeaks website are still biasing notably domestic and international political dynamics in a number of regions across the world.
Progress in development and implementation of advanced information and communication technologies puts on the table the challenge of assessment of threats arising due to probable use of such technologies in aims inconsistent with the goal of providing international security and stability both in civil and military spheres.
International Information Security Project
PIR Center presumes 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, for the first time in Russia presenting a comprehensive scientific and analytical review of the issues of information security. As a part of presentation of the volume PIR Center conducted a press conference at the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Also, a number of research articles were 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).
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.
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