This conference, organized by the Italian Chairmanship-in-Office with the support of the OSCE’s Co-ordination Cell of the Transnational Threats Department (TNTD/CC), aims to provide a platform to exchange views and perspectives on the latest cyber/ICT security developments amongst relevant OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation and raise awareness and discuss international cyber stability measures including the OSCE cyber/ICT confidence-building measures (CBMs), as well as how they can be deployed effectively.
Through the adoption of 16 Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), the OSCE plays a unique and pioneering role in reducing the risks of conflict stemming from the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICTs).
Currently, a key priority for participating States is the implementation of the CBMs as was highlighted in the recent Ministerial Council Decision No. 5/17 of 8 December 2017. To this end the Informal Working Group (IWG) established by PC Decision 1039 has intensified efforts to operationalize the CBMs, and various participating States are developing initiatives on driving implementation forward.
Complementing the work of the IWG, the two-day conference organized by the 2018 Italian OSCE Chairmanship with the support of the OSCE Secretariat will seek to contribute to the “meaningful implementation” of the CBMs by offering a platform for political dialogue, academic input and private sector engagement. Specifically,