Events

16.06.2015

PIR Center, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), in association with the Centre russe d'études politiques and Trialogue Club International, hold an expert panel Looking to th...

16.06.2015

Centre Russe des etudes politiques (CREP) holds in Geneva the initial meeting on the research project in the framework of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council new work stream “Cybersecurity of Civil Nuclear Facilities: Assessing the Threat,...

Midweek Brainstorming Session "The debate on global critical Internet infrastructure: the current issues and implications for Russia and BRICS at the upcoming summit in Ufa", May 26, Moscow
26.05.2015

Midweek Brainstorming Session "The debate on global critical Internet infrastructure: the current issues and implications for Russia and BRICS at the upcoming summit in Ufa", May 26, Moscow

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Experts

  • Position : CEO
  • Affiliation : InfoWatch Group
  • Position : Program Coordinator "Global Internet Governance and International Information Security"
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe.
  • Affiliation : ICANN
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News

09.07.2015

“Protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats as prime targets for attacks in a conflict scenario is a key goal for many governments in the world. The emerging global threats, including those coming from non-governmental actors (e.g. terrorist groups) generate the need for international cooperation in this area. However, the scope of such cooperation remains limited because of current geopolitical situation, uneven technical capacities and different understanding of ‘criticality’ among nation states,” – Alexandra Kulikova, Coordinator of the PIR Center’s Program “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”.

02.07.2015

“Let me restate the Indian vision for the internet. The internet must remain plural, must be managed by a multilayered and multistakeholder system. Its strength will lie in partnership made between like-minded nations and stakeholders, built on a platform which supports and will sustain a future of equity and innovation and collaboration and inclusion. Only then will we truly be able to manage the ecosystem of this new digital age” - Minister of Communications and Information Technology  of India Ravi Shankar Prasad.  

18.06.2015

“Protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats as the main target for attacks in a conflict is a key task for many states of the world. The scope of international cooperation in this field, suggested by new global threats including from non-governmental actors (e.g. terrorist groups),  is however limited due to uneven technical capacities and different understanding of ‘criticality’, as well as the current geopolitical situation,” – Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”, pointed out at the PIR Center, UNIDIR and GCSP joint seminar in Geneva. 

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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 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.

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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.


Global Internet Governance and International Information Security Program


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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PIR Center Analysis

The Russia-China deal on cyber-security could send a warning signal to the U.S., which might view the deal as a growing threat to its economic and security interests in cyberspace.  

Originally written for Russia Direct and published on May 21 2015

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The 4th Global Conference on Cyberspace, which took place in the Hague, the Netherlands, on 16-17th of April, left mixed feelings. The Dutch government has clearly put a lot of effort into getting the most burning issues of cybersecurity into its agenda, enlarging the participation of stakeholders i...

The BRICS states that today together account for over 900 mln internet users, remain underrepresented in the global internet governance discussions. To erect the ICTs as another pillar in its agenda the ‘new giants’ should get more engaged in the policy-making process and demonstrate well-orchestrat...

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Materials

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 ...

The claimed intention of the US Government to transfer its stewardship role over IANA functions to the multistakeholder community last March was confirmed by Larry Strickling this time. But, unfortunately, the architecture of the future construction is still unclear.

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The key strategic issue was, of course, the discussion of the so-called “IANA stewardship transition”, which was initiated by the US government last year (in fact, it claimed its desire to transfer these functions to a new “multistakeholder mechanism”). This problem has an acutely controversial natu...

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Documents

There are various ongoing activities and programs of the Indian Government to address the cyber security challenges which have significantly contributed to the creation of a platform that is now capable of supporting and sustaining the efforts in securing the cyber space. Due to the dynamic nature o...

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...

Cyberspace includes all information infrastructures accessible via the Internet beyond all territorial boundaries. In Germany all players of social and economic life use the possibilities provided by cyberspace. As part of an increasingly interconnected world, the state, critical infrastructures, bu...

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