Helping and defending civilian victims of Cyberattacks
The Institute will support the delivery of assistance at scale to help civilian victims of cyberattacks that are perpetrated by sophisticated actors, and cause significant, direct harm. It will also work on accelerating victims' recovery and increasing their resilience.
The following mechanisms and areas of focus will constitute the Institute's primary means of action under this pillar:
- Building and maintaining a CyberVolunteer Network
- Enhancing online defence and prevention
- Supporting recovery
To increase the scale and impact of its efforts to assist civilian victims, the Institute will build and maintain a CyberVolunteer Network. The CyberVolunteer Network will bring together a community of volunteers from industry, the public sector, academia, and civil society, and include those mobilized by the Institute, as well as partners with established assistance capabilities. As part of building the Network, the Institute will articulate criteria for its engagement in an assistance matter, such as the severity of an attack, the availability of other resources to respond, and the feasibility of the Institute to respond.
The Institute, and the CyberVolunteer Network will work on assisting civilian victims in recovering from cyberattacks that are perpetrated by sophisticated actors and have significant and direct harm. This includes both emergency incident response and longer-term recovery plans with actions. The Network will actively seek to collaborate with organizations and efforts that provide assistance in recovery and seek to amplify collective impact.
To inquire about receiving assistance services for prevention or recovery from a cyberattack,
please contact the Institute here
Enhancing online defence and prevention
The Institute, and the CyberVolunteer Network in particular, will also assist potential vulnerable victims in increasing their resilience and guarding against future cyberattacks. These efforts may include the identification of dangerous attack trends, provision of practical tooling and information to help organizations leverage existing technology more effectively; and connecting potential victims with existing training and guidance.