The weakest link? Digital technology and cyber security capacity building in Developing Countries

Thu 8 Apr 2021
Time: 14:00 Location: Microsoft Teams Language: English Available seats: 75

The world gets more interconnected, and the dependency of cyberspace and its infrastructure is now evident in most sectors. Join this seminar to learn more about the need for security standards across countries.

The world gets more interconnected, and the dependency of cyberspace and its infrastructure is now evident in most sectors. As the cyber domain is only as strong as the weakest link – there is a need for building security standards across countries to minimize threats.

Cyber threats and risks are particularly challenging for developing countries and nations affected by conflict and fragility. Therefore, there is a need for specific efforts toward those countries, as they are developing digital and physical infrastructures while being characterized by weak institutions, poor governance mechanisms, and limited resources.More info to come.

The webinar is part of the research project C3SA, and is connected to NUPI's Centre for Cyber Security Studies.

Speakers bio:

Chris Painter is a globally recognized leader and expert on cybersecurity and cyber policy, Cyber Diplomacy and combatting cybercrime.  He has been on the vanguard of U.S. and international cyber issues for over twenty five years—first as a prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cybercrime cases in the country and then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, FBI, the National Security Council and finally the State Department.  He has initiated, helped drive, or advised on virtually every major U.S. cyber policy for over a decade and has created innovative new organizations and approaches to deal with threats and take advantage of opportunities in cyberspace.

Carolin Weisser Harris is the Lead International Operations at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC), based at the Department of Computer Science. In this role, she is responsible for stakeholder engagement and the deployment of the centre’s flagship Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM). She has co-authored a number of CMM reviews in Africa, Asia and Europe and contributed to best practice guides and diverse research outputs in the field of cybersecurity capacity-building.

Andrea Calderaro is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in International Relations, director of the Centre for Internet and Global Politics at Cardiff University, and a Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Fellow - European University Institute. His work centres on the transnational governance of the cyber domain. He has conducted research and supported cyber capacity building initiatives in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Central America, and in EU institutions, and he serves as a member of the Global Forum of Cyber Expertise (GFCE)' Research Committee, the UK FCO's Advisory Board on Cyber Diplomacy, and of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council Board at the OECD.

Patryk Pawlak is the EUISS Brussels Executive Officer. In this capacity, he maintains and develops relations with other Brussels-based institutions. In addition, he is in charge of the cyber portfolio, leading the Institute’s cyber-related projects and contributing to its outreach activities. Since June 2016, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise. His work on cyber-related issues and the European Union’s security policies more broadly has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.

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