News | March 08, 2017

EWI Holds 7th Cyber Summit to Forge International Action on Cyberspace Security

San Francisco, March 7, 2017 - The EastWest Institute (EWI) announced today that it will host the Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit VII, on March 14-16 in Berkeley, CA. This event will bring together over 200 leading policymakers, business leaders and technical experts from over 30 countries around the world to discuss and find policy solutions concerning the most pressing security issues in international cyberspace.

Featured speakers will include Peter Altabef, President and CEO of Unisys; Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Marina Kaljurand, former Foreign Minister of Estonia and Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; and Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute.

“Cyberspace has become the most essential infrastructure to global business and government,” commented Michael Chertoff, former U.S Secretary of Homeland Security. “A broad array of critical concerns like the integrity of our voting systems, privacy and the proliferation of cyber weapons must be addressed by cooperative action across government, business and civil society. The EastWest Institute summit is a critical step in that direction.”

This upcoming summit, organized in partnership with the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, will cultivate a wide range of unique perspectives on the challenges that cyberspace encompasses. This three-day event will specifically address five thematic areas:

  • Promotion of Norms of Responsible Behavior in Cyberspace
  • Resilient Cities and the Internet of Things
  • Increasing the Global Availability and Use of Secure ICT Products and Services
  • Systemic Risk and Cyber Insurance
  • Ubiquitous Encryption and Lawful Government Access

The 2017 summit will also introduce participants to the work of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). Launched this past February as a joint initiative between the government of the Netherlands, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the EastWest Institute, the GCSC will bring together key stakeholders from across the international security and cyberspace communities to develop proposals for norms and policies concerning the stability of cyberspace.

“State-on-state skirmishes in cyberspace increasingly undermine terrestrial security and stability,” added Bruce McConnell, EWI Global Vice President who leads the institute’s Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative. “Our goal is to bring together the world’s leading thinkers and decision makers to reframe evolving issues and drive practicable policy solutions.”  

The 2017 EWI Cyber Summit is organized with support from, among others, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies, Unisys, Sonus Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Qihoo 360, NXP Semiconductors, CenturyLink, VEON (formerly VimpelCom), The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

All information about the 2017 summit, including lists of speakers and group panels, can be found at www.cybersummit.info.

Click here to watch videos from the summit.

Click for summary of Day I, Day II and Day III.