EWI's Global Effort

All around the world, companies, governments and nonprofits are working independently on cybersecurity. EWI's cybersecurity initiative is distinguished by our truly global scope - and our ability to bring experts from different countries and sectors together to forge solutions. The first step to creating collective solutions is building trust - a method that has been at the heart of EWI's activities for the past thirty years.

Established during the Cold War, EWI's original mission was to build trust between what was then called the East and West: The Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact countries, and the United States and its NATO allies.

Forging a unique "Track 2" diplomatic approach, EWI encouraged business, government and civil society leaders from both sides of the Iron Curtain to work together on some of the era's most divisive issues. Thanks to our legacy, EWI has earned a reputation as a trusted convener and honest broker. In this capacity, EWI has launched cutting-edge cybersecurity collaborations between the United States and Russia, and the United States and China. Looking to the future, EWI is also reaching out to leaders in India and other rising cyber powers.
Tackling Cyber Crime


EWI's Cyber Crime Working Group examines existing and potential legal measures to combat cyber crime. The group consists of experts from Norway, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Italy and Belgium.

They work toward a set of recommendations for harmonized legal frameworks to fight cyber crime through increased international cooperation. At their February 2011 meeting, participants agreed that regional approaches incorporating government and private sector actors will be a precursor to successful global policy.



Reliability of Global Undersea Cable Communications Infrastructure (ROGUCCI) is an advocacy program EWI developed with the IEEE to protect the vital undersea cables that carry over 99% of intercontinental Internet messages. The ongoing implementation of ROGUCCI recommendations is an example of a key objective of the EWI Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative: unleashing private sector leadership in global cybersecurity policy.

Summit Series


EWI's annual cybersecurity summits provide a crucial forum for building international, private-public partnerships and for shaping the agreements, standards, policies and regulations (ASPR) we need to protect cyberspace. The 1st Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit: Protecting the Digital Economy was held in Dallas in May 2010, the 2nd Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit: Mobilizing for International Action was held June 1-2 2011 in London and brought together more than 450 government, industry and technical leaders from 43 countries to craft new solutions for threats facing our digital world. The 3rd Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit will be held in New Delhi, October 30-31, 2012.

International Collaborations


In our capacity as an experienced Track 2 convener, EWI has launched cutting-edge international cybersecurity collaborations. In February of 2011, EWI released the first ever joint U.S.-Russia publication on cyberspace, Working Towards Rules for Governing Cyber Conflict: Rendering the Geneva and Hague Conventions in Cyberspace. Produced by a team of U.S. and Russian experts, the report explores how to extend the humanitarian principles that govern war to cyberspace. This groundbreaking report grabbed worldwide attention because it modeled the kind of international cooperation that is possible - and necessary - in cyberspace. Partnering with the Internet Society of China, EWI regularly brings together Chinese and U.S. experts to confront some of the toughest threats to cyberspace. In June 2011, EWI released the first joint U.S.-China report to address a major cybersecurity challenge, Fighting Spam to Build Trust - the first product of the team's ongoing collaboration. EWI is now reaching out to an emerging cyber power: India.



EWI's Cyber40 entered its third year in 2012. The Cyber40 helps senior diplomats from the most critical powers in cyberspace communicate in frank and constructive ways with U.S. officials, members of Congress and private sector leaders on cybersecurity issues. The forum is deliberately low-profile and only engages ambassador- and deputy chief of mission-level officials of the Cyber40 nations based in Washington. Recently events were held at the Kazakh and Swiss embassies on subjects including "rules of the road" in cyber conflict and new legal mechanisms to enhance international cooperation in cyberspace.