Meet the experts who protect the humanitarian sector against cyberattacks

The CyberPeace Builders’ programme launches today. Meet the team at the CyberPeace Institute behind this programme and find out how they drive forward the cyberpeace agenda.

Who are the CyberPeace Builders?

The CyberPeace Builders is a global network of cybersecurity corporate volunteers providing free support to humanitarian NGOs.

Ottavia Galuzzi, Cyber Operations Officer

Ottavia joined the CyberPeace Institute in 2019. She focuses on creating, implementing and raising awareness of the Institute’s pre-incident services to improve the skills and knowledge of beneficiaries to prepare for cyberattacks. Ottavia has worked across the private and public sectors as a cybersecurity and intelligence consultant and adviser. She has an Masters degree in Cybersecurity, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

What made you join the CyberPeace Institute?

I want to empower others with knowledge and skills to be more resilient in cybersecurity, and to educate and protect them from online threats.

What’s your role in PeaceBuilders’ programme?

My focus is working with NGOs around the world on awareness initiatives linked to our pre-incident services.   This means….. 

What do you do when you’re not helping others?

I enjoy good food, amazing travel and spending quality time with family, friends and pets. In between, I go for a run or take a nap, but not always in that order!

Alexandru Lazar, Community Builder

Alexandru joined the CyberPeace Institute in 2021. He focuses on outreach with humanitarian NGOs in Switzerland and Europe to join the CyberPeace Builders program. Alexandru previously interned for several international organizations, such as the GCSP and Interpeace, where he did research on cybersecurity policy and programme management for peacebuilding operations. Alexandru has an Erasmus Mundus International Masters degree in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the University of Glasgow, graduating in December 2020.

Fabien Leimgruber, Senior Program Manager

Fabien joined the CyberPeace Institute in 2020. His role is to build up the CyberPeace Builders’ network.

Fabien has several years experience in cybersecurity in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He managed the Cyber Threat Intelligence Unit at Kudelski Security and then he joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the Information Security Awareness Adviser. He has a Masters of Law in Criminality and Information Security from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

What made you join the CyberPeace Institute?

I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to find solutions to help and protect others, and the mission of the CyberPeace Institute offered a great means to do this.

What’s your role in CPI’s PeaceBuilders’ programme?

I work with companies, volunteer PeaceBuilders and NGOs to find high-impact, cybersecurity solutions to protect vulnerable communities around the globe.

What do you do when you’re not helping others?

I am a sociable person and enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking and running food pop up events.

Adrien Ogée Chief Operations Officer

Adrien joined the Institute in 2020. He has over ten years’ experience in senior cybersecurity roles in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, including at the French Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI) and the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). Before joining the Institute, he led the cyber resilience portfolio at the World Economic Forum. Adrien has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Technology in Troyes, France, a Masters in Global Security from Cranfield University, UK and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

What made you join the CyberPeace Institute?

I have devoted my career to protecting others online. In joining the Institute, I wanted to deepen my impact on people’s lives and do so at scale. When cyberattacks disrupt humanitarian NGOs, vulnerable communities are at threat. Helping those that no one helps is a compelling mission for me.

What’s your role in PeaceBuilders’ programme?

My role is a mix of strategy, innovation and implementation. We’re basically building high-tech solutions for underserved communities, operating in a sensitive context. My job involves lots of explaining, negotiating, compromising, prototyping, pitching, and getting things done. I also have the privilege of managing a great team and cooperating with highly skilled professionals! 

What do you do when you’re not helping others?

I spend time with my wife and kids, I travel often to visit family abroad. I play football, the piano and video games, and I read when time allows.

What the CyberPeace Builders do

The CyberPeace Builders is a network of corporate volunteers from local and international companies, supported by regional advisors and experts who are staff of the CyberPeace Institute. Our network helps NGOs active in critical civilian infrastructure: health, food, water, energy, finance, transport and information by providing them with pre-incident, post-incident and auxiliary services.

What we don’t do

We do not provide incident response – but we’ll route requests for help to organizations equipped to do that. We do notsupport individuals, such as human right activists or journalists, but similarly we will route requests to organizations who can support them. 

Key facts

  • 50% of NGOs and NPOs are targeted by ransomware (ICIT, 2017)
  • 86% of NGOS lack cybersecurity plans
  • Recent high-profile attacks of NGOs include: Save the Children, Roots of Peace, MercyCorps, USAID, Scripps Health
  • The impact on NGOs can be devastating: [link to article]
  • Most NGOs cannot afford dedicated cybersecurity capabilities. 

The CyberPeace Institute is an independent and neutral non governmental organization whose mission is to ensure the rights of people to security, dignity and equity in cyberspace.  The Institute works in close collaboration with relevant partners to reduce the harms from cyberattacks on people’s lives worldwide.  By analyzing cyberattacks, the Institute exposes their societal impact, how international laws and norms are being violated, and advances responsible behaviour to enforce cyberpeace.

If you are interested in supporting the CyberPeace Builders or in receiving this support, please contact us at [email protected].