The European Union today faces some serious challenges including growing levels of populism and the threat of foreign intervention through cyber-attacks. Last year’s alleged Russian-led cyberattacks on US Democratic Party servers as well as Chinese government cyber espionage against other governments and companies have provided worrying precedents. Although it is hard to measure the actual impact these attacks had on the election results in the US, concerns are growing amongst European leaders that their electoral procedures are vulnerable to manipulation.
With elections rapidly approaching...
Date published 07 March 2017
During last week’s EuroDIG, Olaf Kolkman and Tatiana Tropina moderated two animated and interactive sessions on the state of cybersecurity in Europe. The first session looked at the current initiatives in the area of cybersecurity, while the second focused on the possible ways forward.
Cybersecurity remains a topic that is hard to define. The discussion touched upon technical, governance and rights elements, and flowed between baseline principles and different operational aspects. The lack of clear definition makes the assessment of European cybersecurity efforts difficult, but our moderators...
Date published 17 June 2016
Today is the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness month, and to mark that occasion, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is launching its new approach to security – Recommendation on Digitial Security Risk Management for Economic and Social Prosperity, an approach that resonates with the Internet Society’s own Collaborative Security principles.
The OECD Recommendation represents a major milestone in the evolution of cybersecurity policy. Significantly, the recommendation defines a clear purpose for security: economic and social prosperity. This is...
Date published 01 October 2015
‘The responsibility to ensure a secure and trusted cyber space is not to be left to governments only; it is an obligation to be filled by all stakeholders.’ This was the opening statement of the Minister of ICT, Republic of Indonesia at the Asia Internet Symposium Jakarta. The Indonesian government is currently deliberating the creation of a national cyber security agency, which is expected to be operational next year, and a national cyber security policy to bolster its cyber defence mechanisms.
Cybercrimes have affected Indonesia so much that in a statement, its defence minister warned that...
Date published 09 September 2015
Governments in Asia-Pacific have made progress in opening up avenues for public input, but a new study by the Asia-Pacific Bureau suggests that stakeholders want more. The 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Survey, which collected the views of 3,302 Internet users from different sectors across the region, found that 87% of respondents would like their government to provide greater opportunities for them to be involved in Internet policymaking.
The same number stated that they care about Internet affairs in their own country, but only 28% rated themselves as having good or very good...
Date published 28 July 2015
How do we restore trust and confidence in the Internet so that it can deliver on its full potential for communication, creativity, innovation and opportunity? In an era when the Edward Snowden revelations have made us aware of the pervasive surveillance that is possible, and when large-scale data breaches have exposed our most personal information, how do we feel safe when we go online? And as the next billion people look to the Internet for their future opportunities, how do we help address their fears and concerns? What are the roles we all have in bringing about an open, trusted Internet?...
Date published 13 May 2015
Today brings us yet another massive data breach, this time of Anthem, the second-largest provider of health insurance in the United States. Various media reports are indicating that the personal information of 70 million or more customers may have been compromised. Anthem has set up a web site focused on the information, stating:
These attackers gained unauthorized access to Anthem’s IT system and have obtained personal information from our current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment...
Date published 05 February 2015
Security [Cybersecurity] is a complex issue with many different aspects that requires the multistakeholder community to work together to address protection, stability, and reliability of the communications infrastructure:
To promote cooperation and collaboration among all stakeholders
To enhance the integrity of the international telecommunications network
To establish mechanisms to promote robustness
The Internet model of developing collaborative standards and policies in an open and broad based consensus process by international experts is one of the best vehicles for...
Date published 09 December 2012
Africa’s cyber security efforts will bear more fruits if it adopts collaborative security efforts, with every stakeholder playing its role, and ensuring growth in the ICT sector.
Olaf Kolkman, CTO at the Internet Society said that various players in the ICT sector had a role to play in ensuring cyber security. He was answering questions from journalists on whether the cyber security function solely rests with the government, or it should put in place measures to curb online malice. Kolkman delivered the keynote speech at the just concluded Africa DNS Forum.
“Security is not something...
At the RIPE66 meeting in mid-May 2013, Benno Overeinder from NLNetLabs and Andrei Robachevsky from the Internet Society organized a panel called “Seven Years of Anti-Spoofing: What Happened Since the RIPE Task Force and What Still Needs to be Done.” We were lucky to get six great panelists who engaged in an interesting discussion of this issue amongst themselves and with the audience. Andrei provided a good recap in his Internet Technology Matters blog post “Can we stop IP-spoofing in the Internet?”.
But, as it happens in such cases, the main...