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IGF 2020 Village Booth #35 Kaspersky

Description: 

Topic of the booth:
Increasing trust and accountability in cyberspace: Mutistakeholder best practices.

Background:
Digitalization is not an aim in itself, and technology does not have any value unless it serves for the benefit of and in the interests of people and society’s well being. Digitalization should support our values, contribute to prosperity, enable a healthier and longer life, help to achieve climate goals, foster sustainable development, and build a safer world. Digitalization is an enormous chance for all of us: people, society, states, regions and the whole world. However, there are also risks we should be aware of and which should be mitigated. A good way of doing so is to increase transparency and accountability. Through multistakeholder cooperation, we at Kaspersky contribute to building a secure and trusted cyberspace to make sure it remains safe and open for everyone.

Content:
Cybersecurity and cybercrime know no boarders. This is a global issue. Thus, we need global solutions. Such solutions can only be developed in partnership and close cooperation. At the booth, three concrete best practices are presented:

1) Global Transparency Initiative (GTI): https://www.kaspersky.com/transparency-center
Kaspersky is convinced that the cybersecurity industry needs a global framework for trust and accountability that applies to everyone. The cornerstone of this is transparency. Our industry’s customers and partners need to be able to see what we do and how we do it. We also call to shift the paradigm to where we can not only trust, but also verify. The main way of doing this is through the development of a new framework and mindset – digital trust and digital ethics. Because of this, Kaspersky has developed its Global Transparency Initiative. The GTI provides clear and practical verification and risk mitigation measures to assist its customers and partners in building an optimal security strategy based on proven technology and the principles of digital ethics and trust.

2)‘No More Ransom’ initiative: https://www.nomoreransom.org
The No More Ransom website project is a global initiative, which was launched by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, Kaspersky and McAfee. The goal is to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals. The project also aims to educate users about how ransomware works and what countermeasures they can take to effectively prevent infection. Since its launch, the initiative has helped tens of thousands of victims unlock their PCs without paying a ransom. The project now has more than 100 partners, and its website is translated into over 30 languages.

3) Coalition Against Stalkerware: https://stopstalkerware.org
The Coalition Against Stalkerware convened in 2019 in order to facilitate communication between those organizations working to combat domestic violence and the security community. The founding organizations have committed to fighting domestic violence, stalking and harassment by addressing the use of stalkerware and raising public awareness about this issue.

Contribution to the IGF 2020 thematic tracts, policy questions and SDGs:
The booth covers especially three of the four thematic tracks of IGF: data, trust and inclusion. Beneath that, it highlights concrete multistakeholder activities that are of value for citizens, society, states and the global community. At the booth, the visitors will get the chance to receive information about the three initiatives, discuss their aims, possible future activities, and how they might contribute to and/or may benefit from these initiatives. Furthermore, many subtopics and policy questions of IGF can be discussed, e.g.:
• How to build trust across institutions, stakeholders and online tools and services?
• How to develop a global framework for verifiable trust and transparency in cyberspace?
• How can we overcome increasing fragmentation in cyberspace at national, regional and global levels?
• Which policy measures have to be taken for the protection, prevention and defense against cyberthreats?
• How to build trust for a successful digital economy?

Beneath that, the booth covers six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
• GOAL 4: Quality Education
• Goal 5: Gender Equality
• GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
• GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
• Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities
• GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411