Securing Cyberspace: Strategy for the Future

17 November 2009 - A Workshop on Security in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


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 balancing 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.

This 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.


1) Lesley Cowley, CEO, Nominet, UK

2) Susan Daley, Government Relations Manager, Symantec UK

3) Michel van Eeten, Delft University (Internet Governance Project)

4) Roelof Meijer, CEO, SIDN and representative to the Dutch public-private partnership NICC, The Netherlands

5) The Rt. Hon. Alun Michael, Member of Parliament, UK

6) Alice Munyua, Director, Communications Commission of Kenya, Kenya

7) Wout de Natris, Advisor Spam Enforcement, Onafhankelijke Post en Telecommunicatie Authoriteit (OPTA), representative to the London Action Plan, The Netherlands

8) Dr. Khaled E.A. Negm, Security and Privacy Services and Delivery Manager, IBM Egypt

9) Paul Rendek, Head of External Relations and Communications, RIPE-NCC, UK

10) Dean Ceulic, Head of Internet Standards & Policy, eco - German ISP & Internet Industry Association