The 2017 Commonwealth CyberSecurity Forum took place on Friday 23 March in London, with the declared intention of developing effective tools, processes and a shared culture that better protect privacy, data and critical infrastructure.
On the 3rd day of the conference, Kasia Jakimowicz, presented GIPO as part of the Cyber Capacity-Building panel, sharing the stage with His Excellency Dato’ Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, the Chief Executive Officer for Cyber Security in Malaysia, Rafer Simon-Thompson Manager at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and Lesantha De Alwis, Director in the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organsiation. The discussion focused on best practices for embedding and implementing strategies and capacity-building tools.
GIPO presented the Observatory Tool as a capacity-building tool that enables both access and information sharing to support those interested in Internet governance. The presentation focused on its usability and how crucial collaboration between users adds directly to the quality of the tool.
The panel discussion stressed the importance of collaboration between different actors and Lasatha De Alwis, a member of the AG Advisory Group, highlighted the ecosystem of stakeholders collaborating in the process of shaping GIPO. In answer to an observation from ICANN about how useful GIPO would be for national and regional IGFs, Kasia Jakimowicz pointed people to the forthcoming webinar planned for 28 April.
The Chair, Robert Collett, from the Cyber Policy Department of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, summed up the discussion by highlighting how the key to cyber security is countries and regions working together and a systematic strategy for educating future cyber security professionals.