CyberPeace Institute Aim To Tackle Cyber Crime

Microsoft, Mastercard and the Hewlett Foundation have joined together to establish a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called The CyberPeace Institute. 

The CyberPeace Institute has been set up to decrease the severity and frequency of cyber attacks. It will aid and defend victims, analyse and investigate threats, as well as promoting a positive cyber hygiene culture in organisations.

One of the Institutes key initiatives and priority is to mobilise a CyberVolunteer Network with the purpose of helping victims of cyber crime. This network will be made up of representatives from the industry, public sector and academia.

The network will also help vulnerable organisations to raise their level of cyber resilience and guard against future attacks. Some of these measures may span identifying dangerous attack trends and providing the tools to help organisations use technology more effectively.

Another priority, sees public awareness campaigns that will strive to educate organisations and civilians about the impact of significant cyber attacks. The organisation will also work to find and plug potential gaps in legislation across the world.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for customer security and trust, Tom Burt, said:

“Governments, the private sector, civil society and academia must be part of discussing solutions and taking concrete steps to protect people.

“Badly needed in the fight against cyber attacks is a credible source of research and analysis about the impact of cyber attacks around the globe on world citizens.

“For years, non-governmental organisations around the world have provided on-the-ground help and vocal advocacy for victims of wars and natural disasters, and have convened important discussions about protecting the victims they serve.

“It’s become clear that victims of attacks originating on the internet deserve similar assistance, and the CyberPeace Institute will do that.”

The Chief Executive Officer of the CyberPeace Institute is Stéphane Duguin, who is currently the head of the European Union’s Internet Referral Unit. She has experience in the cyber crime arena having previously played an integral role in creating Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.

She said:

“The global disruptions from cyber attacks are the symptoms of an insidious threat targeting civilians at a time of peace.

“We need concrete solutions to build resilience among vulnerable communities, shed light on the malicious activity of attackers and inform responsible behaviour in cyberspace.

“I am looking forward to leading the CyberPeace Institute towards these goals, and engaging academia, civil society, governments and industry in a collective pursuit of peace in cyberspace.”