IGF 2021 Main Session BPF Cybersecurity

Friday, 10th December, 2021 (10:15 UTC) - Friday, 10th December, 2021 (11:45 UTC)
Plenary Room

The BPF Cybersecurity 2021 on the use of norms to foster trust and security, on on the IGF intercessional activities, took a deeper look at the drivers of cyber norms and tested norms concepts against historical Internet events, to better understand how specific norms can be effective at mitigating adverse cybersecurity events.  (more on the BPF's webpage at https://www.intgovforum.org/en/content/bpf-cybersecurity)

Session agenda

  1. Introductory remarks
    1. Introduction to the BPF on Cybersecurity   (Hariniombonana Andriamampionona, MAG BPF Facilitator / Markus Kummer, BPF Facilitator )
    2. Introduction to 2021 work   (Maarten Van Horenbeeck, BPF Lead expert)
  2. the BPF 2021's three workstreams
    1. Workstream 1 - Mapping and Analysis of International Cybersecurity Agreements: Overview of findings   (Pablo Hinojosa / Eneken Tikk)
    2. Workstream 2 - Testing Norms Concepts Against Internet Events: Overview of findings   (Mallory Knodel)
    3. Workstream 3 - Outreach and Cooperation with other IG(F) Events : update on external engagement   (Sheetal Kumar)
  3. Participant Panel     (Moderators: Mallory Knodel, Pablo Hinojosa;   Panelist: Eneken Tikk, Lobsang Gyatso, Sheetal Kumar, Chris Painter, Sherif Hashem, Art Manion, Siena Anstis)
    1. What trends do you see in cyber norms development across agreements and over time? Where do we think these trends lead, concretely?
    2. What are the impacts on, and value of, cyber norms in your daily work?
    3. How can those developing global cyber norms include those most affected by cybersecurity incidents: victims, first responders, and frontline defenders?
    4. How can this Cybersecurity BPF, this year's findings, and future research be most useful to your communities?


Presenter's, moderators and panelists

  • Art Manion, FIRST
  • Christhopher Painter, President, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation 
  • Eneken Tikk,Cyber Policy Institute, contributor Workstream 1
  • Hariniombonana Andriamampionona, MAG BPF Facilitator,
  • Lobsang Gyatso, Director of Technology, Tibet Action Institute
  • Maarten Van Horenbeeck, BPF Lead Expert
  • Mallory Knodel, Lead BPF Workstream 2, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Markus Kummer, BPF Facilitator
  • Pablo Hinojosa, Strategic Engagement Director, APNIC, 
  • Sheetal Kumar, Lead BPF Workstream 3, Global Partners Digital
  • Sherif Hashem, FIRST
  • Siena Anstis, The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto


Trust, Security, Stability
Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)
The work of the BPF is unique and illustrates the value of multistakeholder engagement, particularly the roles of different stakeholders in socialising norms, supporting their implementation through specific, concrete analysis and ensuring that implementation is evidence-based and informed by their impact on humans.
Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)
Discussion with the multistakeholder community at the BPF’s most recent session during IGF 2021 also made it clear that some progress is being made on norm implementation but that much more need to be done.
The discussions at the BPF session made clear that the only way to ensure implementation of norms in a way that would benefit all stakeholders and contribute to more effective implementation is to broaden cyber norms development and implementation beyond high-level forums, engage victims, first responders, and frontline defenders, and be based on the research and analysis which include these communities.
Session Report (* deadline Monday 20 December) - click on the ? symbol for instructions