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Cybersecurity Agenda For Small Island Developing States - ISOC

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Baseline talking points for a Panel Discussion on developing a research agenda for Cybersecurity at the Internet Governance Forum 2009 in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. This presentation attempted to take a …

Baseline talking points for a Panel Discussion on developing a research agenda for Cybersecurity at the Internet Governance Forum 2009 in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. This presentation attempted to take a drastically different approach to the standard Cybersecurity fare and was successful in opening the door for discussions on issues peculiar to the developing world and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in particular.


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  • 1. A Cybersecurity R & D Agenda The case for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Tracy Hackshaw Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador Trinidad & Tobago [email_address]
  • 2. Unique Needs of SIDS
    • Social & economic dislocation
        • Breeding ground for criminal tendencies
        • Importation of technological sophistication
        • Potential fertile areas for cyber terrorism
    • Cultural contestations
      • Submerged and visible ethnic conflict
    • Subjectivity of security
      • the power of “security” can be used to both protect and control
    • High technological barriers:
      • Limited resources: human, technical & financial
      • geographical & geopolitical disadvantages
  • 3. The case of Trinidad & Tobago
    • Crime levels escalating at unprecedented rates
    • Increasing access to criminal & technological sophistication
    • The emergence and prevalence of social networks as simultaneous potential “safe harbours”, “carriers” and “predatory boot camps”
  • 4. Major Research Question
    • Technology WILL advance and along with it, the technological sophistication of Cyber-security threats – this is certain
    • How do we reconcile the fact the human behaviour is inherently unpredictable and irrational, despite the best social & economic theories to predict same?
  • 5. Towards a Research Agenda
    • Qualitative and quantitative study of issues surrounding four (4) key dynamics:
    Social/Behavioural Economic Psychological & Cultural Technological
  • 6.
    • Tracy Hackshaw
    • Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • [email_address]