ABOUT

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.

Invitation for partners

TIMELINE OF THE DIALOGUE

February-April 2020:

Involving partners and conducting the study

May-Jun 2020:

Online inception meetings

July-September 2020:

Group online discussions

October-November 2020:

Public discussions

October-December 2020:

Online course on cyber-diplomacy

November-December 2020:

Shaping good practices and recommendations

NEWS

Document for comments: Good practices

The draft 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. As part of the GD, partners agreed to focus on defining secure design and vulnerability management, as well as associated implementation practices.

Based on these discussions, this document sets out the definitions related to secure design that have been agreed upon by the partners and highlights some of the best practices that the partners are following. The document also emphasises the organisational and planning resources and processes needed to implement those best practices, and lists some of the key resources recommended by partners.

This document is primarily targeting those developing software, hardware, cloud, and system solutions – primarily companies, but other institutions and organisations as well. Best practices and certain challenges can also be useful to both regulators and customers to better understand the environment in which digital products are being developed and secured.

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To submit comments on this document, click here.

High-level event on Digital Security and Economic Recovery

Geneva Engage HL eventHow can we boost global collaboration for developing trustworthy supply chains and secure digital technologies? Join the Geneva Dialogue high-level event on enhancing digital trust and cooperation to reset our economies after COVID-19.
Thursday, 26th November 2020, 7:30–9:00am UTC / 08:30–10:00am CET

Register for the event here.

For more information, download the invitation.

Geneva Dialogue Workshop at the IGF 2020

The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace organised a workshop at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2020 entitled ‘Security of digital products: Industry and enhancing trust’. The interactive session discussed best practices for creating resilient and ethical digital products.

Read the summary and watch the recording below.

EVENTS

RESOURCES

Global Documents

PARTNERS

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PARTNERS

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA logo
WiseKey logo
fire eye logo
TCS Logo
ubs logo
microsoft logo
Vu Logo
Logo Siemens
Ensign logo
huawei logo
sicpa logo
cisco logo

PREVIOUSLY: PHASE 1

In its first phase, the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behavior analysed the roles and responsibilities of states, industry actors, civil society, and academic and tech communities in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace.

The first phase was led by the FDFA in co-operation with the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), ETH Zurich, and the University of Lausanne.

From June to September 2018, background research was conducted. From September to November 2018, a series of in situ discussions and knowledge exchange activities were organised. An expert workshop was held in Geneva 1-2 November 2018. The first phase resulted in the Final Report, supported by the Baseline Research and the draft Framework Documents.

Geneva Dialogue was present at the following international events:

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