Our Mission

Advancement

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.

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

  1. Publishing analyses of economic and social impacts of cyberattacks
  2. Direct engagement to raise awareness
  3. Conducting reviews of cyberattacks based on international law, norms, and expectations

Publication

To increase public awareness of the impacts of significant cyberattacks and share data with a broader community of experts, civil society, media, and others, the Institute publishes information on cyberattacks. Much of this information is to reflect the data collected and analyses produced through the accountability function. This includes analyses of the economic and societal impacts of cyberattacks, as well as forensic evidence of attacker tools, techniques, and practices.

Direct Engagement

The Institute drives external engagement with stakeholders, individuals, and organisations focused on enhancing the stability of cyberspace. Seeking opportunities to be inclusive and transparent, the Institute catalyses positive action amongst the global community in restraining the frequency, harm, and scale of cyberattacks.

Review of Attacks

The Institute examines laws and norms, including but not limited to cyber conflict with a focus on grounding and interpreting these rules based on various actors’ behaviours in the operational environment. Specifically, it identifies normative or legal gaps that are exposed or undermined by examining how rules are being applied and assesses potential remedies to address them.