Cybersecurity: throwing out preconceptions

23 October 2013 - A Workshop on Security in Bali, Indonesia



The Internet security risk landscape is complex:

The challenge of trade-offs: the good and bad are intertwined:
Open platform <=> also open for attack and intrusion
Permission-free innovation <=> also allows development and deployment of malware
Global reach <=> attacks and cyber-crime can be transborder
Voluntary coordination <=> can be hard to assign responsibility and prescribe solutions.
The security space on the Internet is vast and risks are multi-dimensional, involving different actors - all collectively responsible for the system’s robustness.

This workshop is intended to build on a session at the WSIS+10 Review meeting in February 2013 entitled "Cybersecurity: Searching for a common understanding" [1].

The objective is to deepen the discussion on these key questions:

What are the building blocks to manage security risks in the Internet economy in a way that enables innovation, economic and social prosperity, and preserve the fundamental principles of the open Internet?

What elements need to be put in place to ensure all Internet users (including citizens, companies, government, etc) continue to have confidence in the Internet?

How could we strike a reasonable balance between a nation’s interest in protecting the security of its citizens in “cyberspace” and its citizens’ rights to privacy, freedom of expression, access to information, freedom of association, etc?

Where does the responsibility for addressing cybersecurity lie? How can we most effectively combine efforts from different sectors?

As the title suggests, we are looking for new thinking that will revolutionize work in this area.