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What does the armed conflict between russia and ukraine mean for the work of the cyberpeace institute?

Ukraine is currently subject to attacks from traditional weapons as well as cyberattacks and operations. Cyberattacks have also been carried out against targets in Russia.

Through the Cyber Attacks in Times of Conflict Platform #Ukraine, the CyberPeace Institute is tracking how cyberattacks and operations are, and have been, targeting critical infrastructure and civilian objects. It is important to document such attacks wherever they are occurring as they pose real threats to people, critical infrastructure and the functioning of society. Cyberattacks conducted in the context of this armed conflict have wide ranging consequences on the safe, secure and trusted use of technology.
It is also essential to advance responsible State behavior in cyberspace to ensure an open, free, stable and secure cyberspace.

The Institute is also supporting NGOs working in or for the civilian population in Ukraine, through its CyberPeace Builders program which assists NGOs to build or strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities against attack.

What is the mission of the cyberpeace institute?

The CyberPeace Institute is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization whose mission is to reduce the harms from cyberattacks on people’s lives. By analyzing cyberattacks, the Institute exposes their societal impact, how international laws and norms are being violated, and advances responsible behavior in cyberspace.

The CyberPeace Institute:

  • Assists NGOs and other vulnerable communities to prepare for and recover from cyberattacks.
  • Investigates cyberattacks targeting vulnerable communities to provide alerts, support, and for accountability.
  • Advocates for the rule of law and respect for the rights of people.
When was the cyberpeace institute founded?

The CyberPeace Institute was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2019 to limit the harms of cyberattacks, assist vulnerable communities and to promote responsible behavior in cyberspace.

Initially, the primary focus was in response to the needs of the healthcare sector as it was subjected to cyberattacks at a time of enormous need during the COVID-19 pandemic. A series of operational initiatives tailored for the healthcare sector were launched to provide assistance to organizations and to call for a stop to cyberattacks against healthcare facilities, which caused harm to people and society as a whole. The Institute maintains a Cyber Incident Tracer of cyberattacks impacting the healthcare sector.

The Institute has also focused on assisting humanitarian NGOs to provide them with cybersecurity and other support to prepare and recover from cyberattacks targeting them, through its CyberPeace Builders program.

The Institute advocates for an end to cyberattacks and for accountability, and to provide legal and policy expertise during negotiations at relevant diplomatic fora.

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