IGF 2019 WS #148 International Cooperation on Cyber Threat Governance

Organizer 1: Yuan XU, CNCERT/CC
Organizer 2: Yunqian ZHU, CNCERT/CC
Organizer 3: Yu ZHOU, Internet Society of China
Organizer 4: Shuyi LOU, CNCERT/CC

Speaker 1: Manuel Ifland, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Adli Wahid, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Zhengxin WEI, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

1. What is the role of international cooperation in cyber threat governance? 2. What are the barriers to the international cooperation in cyber threat governance? 3. How should we cooperate with each other to tackle cyber threats? 4. What are the opportunities and challenges in dealing with cross-border cyber threats? 5. Are there any policies and strategies in place to provide guidance for such cooperation? 6. Are there any best practices in tacking cyber threats by cooperating with international partners?

Relevance to Theme: Nowadays, with the increasing emergence of cross-border cyber threats, cooperation across the whole world is keenly called for. One cannot stand alone and be immune in such an interconnected era. Such kind of international cooperation could help each concerned player well tackle cyber threats, improve resilience, raise security awareness and then facilitate the creation of a secure, safe, stable and resilient cyber environment.

Relevance to Internet Governance: As a non-government non-profit organization and representing the civil society, CNCERT/CC proposes this workshop with a view to enabling every stakeholder concerned to take this opportunity to share each other's experience and best practices to come up with some shared principles and programmes in tackling cyber threats through international cooperation, which will help achieve the secure and resilient development and use of the Internet, especially ICTs.


Round Table - U-shape - 60 Min

Description: This workshop mainly aims to facilitate information sharing and discussion among participants from governments, CERTs, renowned corporations, research institutions and academia worldwide to have an all-round engagement for each other to learn about and discuss experience and best practices related to international, public-private and private-private cooperation in tackling cyber threats and jointly push such international cooperation onto a higher and deeper level. This workshop will take place in a roundtable format, with the moderator introducing the invited speakers first, then each speaker delivering a short speech, and finally a fair amount of Q&A time from the floor. The questions that will be discussed during this workshop include but not limited to the role of international cooperation in cyber threat governance, barriers to such cooperation, the way to cooperate, the opportunities and challenges, related policies and strategies, and best practices.

Expected Outcomes: This workshop is expected to provide a face-to-face platform for concerned stakeholders to share and discuss each other's ideas and views, so as to find solutions and answer some major questions that are pertinent and raised in this area, help fulfill the requirements worldwide in addressing cyber threats of cross-border nature, and contribute to the creation of a secure, safe, stable and resilient cyber environment. We will also produce a summary report of this workshop and submit it to the IGF Secretariat within the required time limit.

Onsite Moderator: 

Yuan XU, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator: 

Yunqian ZHU, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Yu ZHOU, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

To effectively facilitate the discussion, we will first make sure that we have collected some demands from related parties through some informal discussions with our provisionally invited speakers, partners, and other concerned parties that are available in our resource pool. Second, based on the above research, we will well design some pre-set questions for the workshop to help everyone easily get engaged. Third, both the onsite and online moderators are experts in this area, who are familiar with the aim and mission of IGF, have a lot of experience in motivating the speakers and the audience, and possess the resourcefulness in handling all kinds of situations. Fourth, we will limit the speech time for each invited speaker for no more than 4 minutes and leave a fair amount of time for Q&A. Finally, we will fully and effectively use the online tool provided by IGF and Gotomeeting software (please refer to the "other tool" option for detailed information) to get more offsite audience engaged and enrich our discussion.

Online Participation: 

Although this is the first time we apply for an IGF workshop, many colleagues in our organization have attended IGF meetings previously. We are aware of this platform and we will do full research on the use of this tool from an organizer's perspective, get in touch with IGF for more information and get the right personnel from our side to make sure that we are both technically and procedurally prepared.

Proposed Additional Tools: APCERT, as the regional community for CERTs and CSIRTs located in the Asia Pacific region, provides online training for its members regularly through an online meeting tool called Gotomeeting. As an APCERT member, CNCERT/CC plans to use Gotomeeting to have APCERT members online to participate in this workshop and especially to actively engage in the Q&A session.


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