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Events 16 June 2015

Collaborative Security: Olaf Kolkman to Keynote FIRST Conference on Thursday

Megan Kruse
By Megan KruseDirector, Partner Engagement and Communications

Our Chief Internet Technology Officer, Olaf Kolkman, will keynote the 27th Annual FIRST Conference on the topic of: “Collaborative Security – Reflections about Security and the Open Internet.” The event takes place Thursday, 18 June, from 9:15AM – 10:00AM CEST (UTC+1) at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

From the keynote’s abstract:

The Open Internet has demonstrated to be a powerful driver for social, technical and economic interaction. The success of the Internet is based on a number of Invariants[1], among which are Global connectivity and integrity, Accessibility, permissionless innovation, interoperability and mutual agreements. Those properties not only bring prosperity, they grow the attack surface too.

When it comes to Internet Security on a global scale the general approach to security may not be all that applicable. That general approach is usually inward facing: whereby actors look at their own assets and how to protect them in a way that makes economic sense.

Security policies are often premised at stopping bad things and not on what the properties are that need protected. When thinking about security for the Internet, then, individual actors also need an external perspective in order to trade off their actions towards the bigger internet: Collaborative Security.

Within that context we reflect on resiliency, about outward facing security, governance, and give some examples of collaborative security and the difficulty of them getting traction.

Olaf’s talk will center on our April 2015 report on Collaborative Security in which we describe our approach for tackling Internet security issues. Collaborative Security is characterized by five key elements:

  • Fostering confidence and protecting opportunities: The objective of security is to foster confidence in the Internet and to ensure the continued success of the Internet as a driver for economic and social innovation.
  • Collective Responsibility: Internet participants share a responsibility towards the system as a whole.
  • Fundamental Properties and Values: Security solutions should be compatible with fundamental human rights and preserve the fundamental properties of the Internet — the Internet Invariants.
  • Evolution and Consensus: Effective security relies on agile evolutionary steps based on the expertise of a broad set of stakeholders.
  • Think Globally, act Locally: It is through voluntary bottom-up self-organization that the most impactful solutions are likely to reached.

FIRST is an international confederation of trusted computer incident response teams who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promote incident prevention programs.

The FIRST agenda is packed with sessions on cryptography, cybersecurity, incident response, IPv6 security, and more.

We don’t believe the event will have live streaming, but you can follow along with the Twitter hashtag #firstcon15 to follow along, or watch @ISOCtech for updates from the ground. You can also get a sneak peak at his slides here!

We hope to see you there!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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