IGF 2021 Lightning Talk #27 Rebuilding Trust: A Path Toward More Holistic Cybersecurity

Tuesday, 7th December, 2021 (08:00 UTC) - Tuesday, 7th December, 2021 (08:20 UTC)
Conference Room 4

Karen McCabe, IEEE, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG) Kristin Little, IEEE, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG) Constance Weise, IEEE, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Nishan Chelvachandran; Iron Lakes, Private Sector; IEEE Standards Association - Trustworthy Technical Implementations of Children’s Online/Offline Experiences Industry Connections Activity, Technical Community; Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Armchair-style question and answer interview session.

Duration (minutes)



With the rapid development of new technologies and the proliferation of data-driven ecosystems, governments are finding it difficult to keep pace. It takes time to install governance frameworks and legislation to ensure the safe deployment of new technology. In doing so, governments are pressed to find a balance between wholesale technology adoption and the enforcement of ethical guidelines.

If technology is inextricably woven into the fabric of society to tackle and solve the challenges we face, then we must reshape the ecosystem. Instead of looking through a binary lens of stakeholders and users, the users should be among the stakeholders. Additionally, and as we move into the future, should cybersecurity practices and mechanisms be strictly restricted to the cyber “space”? Or should we look to reimagine the entire intersectional landscape, through legislation, standards, accountability, market drivers, practice, and human agency? This armchair-style talk will explore these questions and more.

This session links to the IGF 2021 cross-cutting issue area “Trust, security, stability,” and covers the following IGF 2021 policy question: “1. Cybersecurity practices and mechanisms: What are the good cybersecurity practices and international mechanisms that already exist? Where do those mechanisms fall short and what can be done to strengthen the security and to reinforce the trust?”

We plan to have a very interactive question and answer session with Mr. Chelvachandran and we will incorporate questions that come up in the chat. As a former UK Police Officer and a high level cybersecurity advisor for the UK Government, Mr. Chelvachandran will be drawing on his years of experience with bespoke cybersecurity operational activity in the UK Public Sector to inform the discussion.