Cyberstability Update – November 2019

Cyberstability Update – November 2019

December 5, 2019, Monthly update

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Presented at the Paris Peace Forum

Presented at the Paris Peace Forum, the GCSC report features a cyberstability framework and recommendations at a critical juncture in the future of cyberspace 

Paris, 12 November 2019 – The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) issued today its final report Advancing Cyberstabilityas part of a panel held at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum. Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, and David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, launched the report and placed the findings in the context of ongoing global efforts to enhance international security in cyberspace. Commission Co-Chairs, Michael Chertoff and Latha Reddy, along with former Chair Marina Kaljurand, presented recommendations and commented on the strategic approach and work of the GCSC.
This report represents the culmination of the Commission’s work over the last three years, offering a cyberstability framework, principles, norms of behavior, and recommendations for the international community and wider ecosystem.

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“Earlier this year, 28 EU-member states backed a framework for sanctions targeting malicious cyber activities. Today, the GCSC consolidates a set of norms and principles for behavior of state and non-state actors. This is an important contribution to a digital space in which order and peace must prevail,” commented Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, a co-founder of the GCSC. “Since stability in cyberspace is directly linked with stability in the ‘real world,’ such a cyberstability framework is more crucial than ever. The next step in this multilateral process is to collect evidence and hold those who break the rules responsible. Together we must increase accountability and combine all pieces of the puzzle, between governments, tech and security firms, and civil society.”

The work of the Commission originated out of a desire to address rising social and political instability as a result of malicious actions in cyberspace. The situation has further deteriorated as evidenced by the rise in the number and sophistication of cyber attacks by state and non-state actors, which increasingly puts the considerable benefits of cyberspace at risk. In this increasingly volatile environment, there is an apparent lack of mutual understanding and awareness among communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. With this report, the GCSC seeks to contribute to international efforts to address these challenges

Cyberstability and governance are inextricably and naturally linked,” added Michael ChertoffGCSC Co-Chair. “As the digital age evolves so rapidly, governments and societies lack the desired level of exchange, let alone the decision-making processes needed to ensure the stability of cyberspace. The GCSC’s effort complements the work of other organizations, and will serve to influence how critical actors can engage with one another and collaborate towards a stable cyberspace.”  
Emphasizing a concerted, multistakeholder approach, the framework reflects technological, product and operational measures, as well as a focus on behavioral change required among all stakeholders.
“The publication of this final report is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new profound effort toward implementing the suggested principles, norms, and recommendations,” stated Latha ReddyGCSC Co-Chair. “The onus is on all stakeholders—governments, industry, civil society—to collaborate, adopt and implement accepted practices to help strengthen cyberstability. The stakes are higher than ever, which dictates a response in kind.”
Following the release, the GCSC members will continue to advocate and engage with their respective communities. Input and feedback from these groups were reflective of interactions with both state and non-state experts and will form the basis of advocating for the report going forward.

For an overview, see the Fact Sheet and for a copy of the report, visit Advancing Cyberstability.


Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace at the Internet Governance Forum Berlin 2019 

On 27 November 2019, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) hosted an event “Advancing Cyberstability: Final Report of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace,” held from 13:15-14:15 in Raum V of the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin, GermanyThe event took place in the context of the fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), hosted by the government of Germany from 25-29 November 2019, under the overarching theme: One World. One Net. One Vision.

The GCSC event marked the continued participation of the Commission in one of the world’s most anticipated and established conferences on Internet governance. Past editions have seen the GCSC introduce its norms of responsible behavior of state and non-state actors to IGF participants, gaining valuable feedback in the process and informing the development of the final report. The Commission sees the event as an opportunity to build on these contributions and add to the important work being undertaken by the international community in making the voices of all stakeholder groups heard and keeping them relevant for ongoing discussions surrounding international peace and security in multilateral processes such as the United Nations First Committee. 

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GCSC in the News

Secure cyberspace to save civilisation, The Times.  

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Global cyber commission offers steps for advancing norms of conduct, Inside Cybersecurity

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Afilias Endorses Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace Final Report at Paris Peace Forum, CircleID

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Speech by Minister Stef Blok at launch of report Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Government of the Netherlands.  

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Peace and Cyber Hygiene, ISOC.  

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Olaf Kolkman.

ISS Today: Could norms be the answer to policing cyberspace?, Head Topics.  

Tags: GCSC Co-Chair Michael ChertoffGlobal Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.  

Pourquoi la cyberguerre pourrait plonger Internet dans le chaos durant des années, 01net

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.  

Experts call for adoption of framework to ensure stability in cyberspace, IT World Canada

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Guest post: Before cyber norms, let’s talk about disanalogy and disintermediation, CIS India

Tags: Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.  

It’s time to stabilise cyberspace – our well-being depends on it, IISS

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Nigel InksterGlobal Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.  

National Policy

The Universal Service Fund and National Security, CSIS

Tags: GCSC Commissioner James Andrew Lewis.

Iran Military Power, Defence Intelligence Agency

India says law permits agencies to snoop on citizen’s devices, Techcrunch

Global Governance

Could norms be the answer to policing cyberspace?, ISS.  

Tags: GCSC Co-Chair Michael Chertoff. 

Paris Call: Growing Consensus on Cyberspace, Microsoft.

Strategic Survey: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics, IISS

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Nigel Inkster.

The U.N. passed a resolution that gives Russia greater influence over Internet norms, CyberScoop.

Russia calls for laying down clear-cut rules for Internet governance, TASS.

Good Practices for Security of IoT – Secure Software Development Lifecycle, ENISA. 

Threats and Risk Mitigation

Digital Audits: Truth or Fiction?, FINOPOLIS.   

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Ilya Sachkov.

The road ahead: cyber security in 2020 and beyond, FireEye.  

Iranian hacking group built its own VPN network, ZDNet.

THE RISE OF THE REST: Maturing Cyber Threats Beyond the Big Four, The Aspen Institute.

Conflict in Cyberspace

Can Chipmunks Defeat Tigers?, CSIS.  

Tags: GCSC Commissioner James Andrew Lewis.

Closing the Accountability Gap for Harms in Cyberspace, CPI.  

Tags: GCSC Commissoner Marietje Schaake.

Slowly awakening to the problems we face, The Cyber Wire.   

Tags: GCSC Co-Chair Michael Chertoff.

Why Were the Russians So Set Against This Hacker Being Extradited?, KrebsOnSecurity

Industry and Civil Society Developments

Let Juries Review Facebook Ads, The Atlantic.  

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Jonathan Zittrain.

Government Requests for User Data, Facebook.

Surveillance Giants: How the Business Model of Google and Facebook Threatens Human Rights, Amnesty International.  

Breach Updates

Cyber Command flags North Korean-linked hackers behind ongoing financial heists, CyberScoop.

Exclusive: U.S. manufacturing group hacked by China as trade talks intensified – sources, Reuters.

Hackers hit UK political parties with back-to-back cyberattacks, Reuters.

Democracy and Electoral Infrastructure

Tech industry should not be deciding on political advertising, Financial Times.  

Tags: GCSC Commissoner Marietje Schaake. 


China Said It’s Developing 6G. What Does That Mean?, NextGov.  

Tags: GCSC Commissioner James Andrew Lewis.

This is the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Wolfgang Kleinwächter.

16 SFF2019 Tech for Impact, A panel of experts dig into the importance of innovation and technology, Asia Pacific Business News

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Isaac Ben-Israel.

Business Express episode 337, NTA News.

Tags: GCSC Commissioner Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola.


11-15 November 2019:  Singapore FinTech Festival, fintechfest.

14-15 November 2019: Central European Cybersecurity SummitCECC.

12-13 November 2019: Paris Peace ForumPPF.

25-29 November 2019: Internet Governance ForumIGF.

27 November 2019:  Advancing  Cyberstability : Final Report of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, IGF.

28-29 November 2019: CyberCrimeCon 2019 – Singapore, Qwoted.

2-5 December 2019: Black Hat Europe 2019Blackhat.  

10 December 2019:  Cybersecurity: What does it mean to EU citizens?Euractiv.

28-30 January 2019:  International Cybersecurity ForumFIC