Our Mission

Accountability

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.

The following mechanisms and areas of focus will constitute the Institute's primary means of action under this pillar:

  1. Coordinating a consortium of experts from academia, industry, and civil society
  2. Conducting forensic and impact analyses of sophisticated cyberattacks
  3. Managing heterogenous big data flows and transforming them into actionable insights
  4. Creating a credible and transparent standard for evaluating sophisticated cyberattacks and their economic and societal impacts

The Consortium and Collaborative Analytical Platform

The Institute pursues its accountability mandate in collaboration with partners, seeking to amplify, complement, and broaden the scale and impact of existing efforts to collect data on and analyze cyberattacks to better understand attacker behavior and improve defenses. To do so, the Institute operates a consortium of academic, private sector, and civil society members that pool data in a collaborative analytical platform, foster exchange, and partner on cooperative analyses.

Technical and Impact Analysis

The Institute focuses on identifying developments and trends in attacker tools, techniques, and practices, as well as assess the impacts of attacks, seeking to advance economic and social analyses of cybersecurity. To inform efforts led by others, the Institute makes the information publicly available.

Methodology

The Institute will establish and adhere to a transparent and standardised methodology to promote transparency and confidence in the findings of its analyses as well as to support the analysis work of others. The methodology will link forensic evidence with economic and societal impacts as well as existing laws and norms.