ABOUT THE CYBERPEACE INSTITUTE

Our Mission

Through assistance, accountability, and advancement we enhance the stability of cyberspace. We support vulnerable communities, analyse attacks collaboratively, and advance responsible behavior. The Cyberpeace Institute decreases the harms of escalating cyber conflict to realize the promise of the digital era for people all over the world. We do so through three core pillars.

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Pillars
Assistance
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To increase civilians' digital resilience and provide assistance in their response and recovery after cyberattacks.

The Institute delivers assistance at scale to the most vulnerable victims of cyberattacks. Due to the significant and harmful nature of these attacks, the Institute facilitates direct assistance and also helps to coordinate resources to amplify the impact of existing assistance efforts. The Institute intervenes where existing digital security systems are deficient and with populations that cannot necessarily afford the services of specialized companies.
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Accountability
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To close the accountability gap through collaborative analyses of cyberattacks.

The Institute performs, facilitates, and coordinates collective analysis, research, and investigations of sophisticated cyberattacks. This is done by assessing their harm and by bringing greater transparency about the details of the attack methods. By providing better information, we inform action to hold malicious actors accountable.
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Advancement
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To advance international law and norms in order to promote responsible behaviour in cyberspace.

The Institute serves as an advocate for advancing the role of international law and norms governing the behaviour of state and non-state actors in cyberspace. To this end, the Institute increases public awareness of the impact of sophisticated cyberattacks. Specifically, it identifies normative or legal gaps that are exposed or undermined. The Institute examines how rules are applied by international institutions and assesses potential remedies to fill the identified gaps.
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Principles
Neutrality
The Institute supports the stability and security of cyberspace rather than the interests of individual actors. As such, it complies with applicable legal frameworks and does not discriminate against cyberattack victims based on their geographic location, philosophical, political or religious beliefs, nationality, race, social status, gender and sexual identity, or disabilities.
Independence
The Institute operates strictly in pursuit of its purpose, free from the direction or control of any other actors, including states, industry, and other organizations.
Impact
The Institute reduces the frequency, harm, and scale of cyberattacks by calling for greater restraint in their use, increases accountability for attacks that occur, and enhances capabilities to prevent and recover from attacks.
Transparency
The Institute is transparent about its own operations, methodologies, and in executing its mission.
Integrity
The Institute’s work and interactions with the cybersecurity community and victims of cyberattacks reflects the highest ethical and analytical standards.
Inclusiveness
The Institute is inclusive and collaborative in its approach, cooperating and supporting existing synergistic efforts.
FAQS
Why a CyberPeace Institute?

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.

How would the Institute’s work be different than other initiatives and organizations also involved in such area?

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.

What organizations are the main funders of the Institute?

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.

Where are you located?

The CyberPeace Institute will be based in Switzerland, with its headquarters in Geneva.

How large is the staff of the Institute?

We are excited to be building our team now. Learn more on our careers page.

Will the Institute work with individual citizens to recover from cyberattacks?

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.