ABOUT

The welfare of our societies increasingly depends on digital technologies, which are vulnerable and prone to cyberattacks. Businesses are facing growing normative and regulatory pressures to enhance the trustworthiness and security of their products and supply chains. The absence of a shared vision and pathway towards achieving digital product security is compounded by a lack of capacity. 

The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace helps to shape a joint vision regarding the security of digital products with leading businesses, and enhances their understanding of and contribution to global policy processes in order to achieve a trusted, secure, and stable cyberspace.

Under the Geneva Dialogue’s broader scope of clarifying the roles and responsibilities of actors – states, civil society and communities, and the business sector, – to contribute to greater security and stability in cyberspace, it is particularly focused on the roles of companies in securing their digital products and overall supply chain.

Building on its groundbreaking work in 2020, most notably the collection of good industry practices, the Geneva Dialogue will endeavour to:

  • Develop common policy baseline requirements for boosting the security of digital products and look into approaches for the broad implementation of the agreed baseline requirements.
  • Enhance the feedback loop between corporate efforts and cybersecurity processes that develop norms, regulations, policies, and standards, as well as support businesses to follow and contribute to those processes at the regional and international levels.

To activate synergies, expand capacities, and incentivise implementation, the Geneva Dialogue will deepen its collaboration with other multilateral and multistakeholder initiatives in this area.

The Geneva Dialogue is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and implemented by DiploFoundation.

The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace aims to map the roles and responsibilities of actors – states, the business sector, civil society, and the academic and tech communities – in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace in the context of international peace and security; identify good practices and possible gaps in existing efforts; and, ideally put forward recommendations for overcoming such gaps.

Currently in its second phase, the dialogue will focus on the roles and responsibilities of the business sector. The project aims to: convene global business sector actors to discuss responsible behaviour in cyberspace; assist the business sector to develop its capacities to understand, follow, and meaningfully contribute to international policy and diplomatic processes; and, facilitate dialogue among global businesses towards shaping principles and an action plan contributing to the global efforts at the UN and elsewhere.

The second phase of the dialogue is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and implemented by DiploFoundation.

In 2021, Geneva Dialogue will unfold in two tracks. Track 1 will tackle discussing baseline requirements for security of digital products, while Track 2 will tackle connecting corporate practices with global policy processes.

RESULTS

Policy research report ‘Governance Approaches to the security of digital products’

The report provides an overview of public policies around the security of digital products. It summarizes the challenges that public policymakers are frequently facing in this context and the solutions that have been adopted. The report also elaborates how the relatively new policy area of digital product security can be distinguished from cybersecurity regulations around critical infrastructure protection and data security.

The report was commissioned by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in order to support the Geneva Dialogue. Interviews with public officials from seven different jurisdictions were conducted in order to achieve better insights into domestic policies. The report was prepared by the Center of Security Studies at ETH Zürich and presented at a Geneva Dialogue event dedicated to the security of digital products and their regulatory environment in September 2021.

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Online event on ‘Security of digital products and the regulatory environment’

The online event on ‘Security of digital products and the regulatory environment’, organised by Diplo and the Swiss Confederation, took place on 29 September 2021. It focused on a need for greater dialogue and aligning national regulations more closely with industry good practices, international standards, and global norms and principles.

The event featured keynotes which provided directions and trends related to security of digital products on a strategic level, including insights into other ideas/plans and strategic thinking.The discussion which followed outlined the work of some of the national regulatory authorities in the field of security of digital products, and ways of addressing the main challenges of the fast-changing environmentand increasing cooperation on national and international levels.Preliminary findings of the research that maps the challenges public policymakers face in this context, and the solutions that have been adopted, were presented. Key messages from the event were prepared based on the discussions by the Geneva Internet Platform (an initiative of Swiss authorities operated by Diplo).

This event was the second in a series of online discussions between the industry, standard-setting organisations, diplomats, and regulators, about the future of norms, regulation, and standardisation for the enhanced security in digital products.

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Online event on ‘Security of digital products and international standards’

The online event on ‘Security of digital products and international standards’, organised by Diplo and the Swiss Confederation, took place on 28 May 2021. It focused on the trends in the development and implementation of standards for the security of digital products.

The event featured high-level updates on the work of the leading standard-setting organisations in the field of security of digital products, and explored ways to address main challenges of the fast-changing environment. The discussions that followed centred around the availability of standards in the field, the challenges faced during their development and implementation, and fora where dialogue on standards of digital products could continue. Key messages from the event were prepared based on the discussions by the Geneva Internet Platform (an initiative of Swiss authorities operated by Diplo).

This event was the first in a series of online discussions between the industry, standard-setting organisations, diplomats, and regulators, about the future of norms, regulation, and standardisation for the enhanced security in digital products.

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Output document: Good practices

The output document entitled ‘Security of digital products and services: Reducing vulnerabilities and secure design: Good practices’ is a result of the partner inputs during the fourteen discussions of the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace (GD) in 2020 (May-November 2020), and a number of written contributions submitted in that period. Click here to download the document and add your good practices.

High-level event on Digital Security and Economic Recovery

The Geneva Dialogue high-level event entitled ‘Digital Security and Economic Recovery: Boosting Confidence and Productivity through Secure Digital Technology’ was organised by DiploFoundation and the Swiss Confederation on Thursday, 26 November. It focused on possible global collaboration for developing trustworthy supply chains and secure digital technologies to facilitate financial and economic recovery.

Watch the recording of the session below.

EVENTS

Geneva Engage HL event

Digital Security and Economic Recovery

November 26, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am CET

AfIGF 2020

Geneva Dialogue workshop at the AfIGF 2020

November 25, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am CET

RESOURCES

Global Documents

PARTNERS

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tech mahindra
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CONTRIBUTORS

LEADS

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