IGP's Michel van Eeten, along with numerous other practitioners and experts, will participate in a workshop, Securing Cyberspace: Strategy for the Future, at the upcoming Internet Governance Forum in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt on Tuesday November 17, from 14:30-17:30 (local time, 12:30-15:30 UTC) in Room 4 (Nile Valley), you can listen to the audio feed (ch 5).

Securing cyberspace impacts civil society, the private sector, and governments.  Users face numerous threats, e.g., crimes conducted over the Internet, compromised infrastructure, and malware. In many cases, resolution of cyber crime and security problems is achieved through national and transnational multi-stakeholder collaboration. Private sector actors and law enforcement actors often work together, recognizing the benefits of these lightweight and flexible cooperative arrangements to address cyber security and crime.

However, these efforts are not without challenges, including sharing information in trusted environments, insufficient cooperation mechanisms, and respecting privacy and free expression. Some governments also feel vulnerable and view the functioning of the Internet as a matter of national security that cannot be left to non-governmental bodies. Nationally, there are efforts to build Computer Security Incident Response Teams, identify leaders for cyber security, establish cyber security organizations and/or strategies, and improve the public-private partnership, while continuing to cooperate effectively internationally.

The workshop will examine different initiatives dealing with cyber
crime and security issues, the alternative approaches they can take,
and the different opportunities and challenges these approaches might
present. It brings together experts and practitioners and will
highlight areas of agreement as well as conflicting interests among the
stakeholders, identify the strengths and weaknesses of different
approaches, and seek ideas on policies that can help improve security
without undermining the global character of the Internet.

The special three hour session will consist of two panels with audience participation (remote participation will also be available). The first panel will highlight some examples of collaboration to secure cyberspace, the second will examine collaborative efforts from operational and policy perspectives.  Panelists include:

  • Lesley Cowley, CEO, Nominet
  • Roelof Meijer, CEO, SIDN
  • The Rt. Hon. Alun Michael, Member of Parliament, UK
  • Alice Munyua, Director, Communications Commission of Kenya, Kenya
  • Paul Rendek, Head of External Relations and Communications, RIPE NCC
  • Susan Daley, Government Relations Manager, Symantec
  • Michel van Eeten, Scientific Committee Member, Internet Governance Project
  • Wout de Natris, Advisor Spam Enforcement, OPTA, representative to the London Action Plan
  • Dean Ceulic, Head of Internet Standards & Policy, eco – German ISP & Internet Industry Association
  • Dr. Khaled E.A. Negm, Security and Privacy Services and Delivery Manager, IBM Egypt