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.
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.
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.
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.
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.