a safer online
world for all
People everywhere today rely on the integrity of computer systems and the internet to receive critical services and conduct their daily lives.
From laptops to smart phones, and healthcare devices to electric grids, and everything in between, technology is suffused throughout our lives. However, escalating numbers of sophisticated cyberattacks imperil these technologies’ promise, placing the wellbeing of people everywhere at risk. The CyberPeace Institute works to assist those who cannot defend themselves, promote a more secure online world, and to reinforce expectations for responsible behavior in cyberspace.
Our mission is to enhance the stability of cyberspace. We work to decrease the frequency, impact, and scale of cyberattacks by sophisticated actors that have significant and, direct harm on civilians and/or civilian infrastructure. We also encourage greater transparency about these attacks with the aim of holding malicious actors to account for the harms they cause.
We do so through three core functions: i) helping and defending civilian victims of cyberattacks, ii) analyzing and investigating cyberattacks, and iii) promoting cybersecurity norms, prevention of attacks and responsible behaviour.
The Institute delivers assistance at scale to the most vulnerable victims of cyberattacks that cause significant, direct harm. Assistance is focused on mobilizing a CyberVolunteer Network, which will work to accelerate victim’s recovery and increasing their resilience.
The Institute facilitates the collective analysis of sophisticated cyberattacks and investigation of the harm they cause. We raise awareness and understanding of the economic and societal impacts of cyberattacks with significant, direct harm; collaborate at a global scale on cyberattack trend analysis, and support efforts to grow expertise in this area of cybersecurity.
The Institute reinforces and advances the role of international law and norms that guide the behavior of states and other actors in cyberspace. This includes increasing public awareness of the impacts of significant cyberattacks, and identifying and addressing potential normative or legal gaps.
Cyberattacks are causing ever-greater harm to people and civilian infrastructure around the world: there is a sense of urgency as these attacks have become more frequent and more damaging and have highlighted the lack of transparency and accountability in cyberspace. The international community has a shared responsibility to prevent the Internet from becoming “weaponized” and to work towards the promotion of peace in cyberspace. Most importantly, we need to assist communities in need following a large-scale cyberattack and bring cybersecurity stakeholders together to prevent such attacks from causing more harm.
The CyberPeace Institute will focus specifically on enhancing the stability of cyberspace by supporting the protection of civilian infrastructures from sophisticated, systemic attacks. In that sense, we believe that no other organization has such mandate. However, the Institute wants to be inclusive and collaborative in its approach, cooperating with and aiming to support but not displace existing, synergistic efforts from other organizations active in this space. The Institute will deliberately be working with, leveraging and building on such efforts that align with our objectives.
The core funders of the Institute include the Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard, and Microsoft. Several other partners provide smaller amounts of support, ensuring that no single organization provides more than one third of the Institute’s funding.
The CyberPeace Institute will be based in Switzerland, with its headquarters in Geneva.
The Institute will predominately focus on how to provide assistance at scale, and as such help to individuals is not something we envision at the moment. However, we are working on cooperating with established organizations that do this work today, so that we can refer any requests that we receive to those groups.