Adoption of two new regulations for Cybersecurity and Software Updates by UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, Geneva/Switzerland

Two new regulations on Cybersecurity for connected vehicles were adopted by the UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations on 24 June 2020. Entering into force in January 2021, the new regulations address important security aspects of connected vehicles such as “Over-The-Air” (OTA) updates, managing of cyber risks for vehicles and mitigating cyber risks along the value chain.

The ISS has been involved in the process of forming these regulations through its participation in the UNECE GRVA Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles.

International Conference on Nuclear Security 2020, Vienna, Austria

From 10-14 February Dmytro Cherkashyn and Tim Dalhöfer attended the IAEA’s Nuclear Security Conference 2020 where experts and government representatives for nuclear security met under the slogan “Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts”. Central topics to both technical sessions and high-level plenaries were new and emerging technologies and their impact on the nuclear security field, as well as national experiences with the implementation of nuclear security regulations. This year, great importance was lend to computer security, which came up in the discussions of many technical sessions.

5th Session on the UNECE Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Geneva/Switzerland

ISS Co-Director Guido Gluschke took part in the 5th session of the UNECE GRVA Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, which took part in Geneva from 10-14 February 2020. With the goal to establish wide-ranging collective regulations between the UNECE Member States, the participants carried on the the process of the previous sessions, where experts convened on different aspects of future mobility technologies and subsequent challenges, inlcuding aspects of Cybersecurity for autonomous vehicles.

Global Cybersecurity Forum, Riyadh/Saudi Arabia

The first Global Cybersecurity Forum hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took place on 4-5 February 2020 in Riyadh. Under the slogan “Joining Efforts for a better Cyber World”, the Forum facilitated multi stakeholder dialogue on how to establish a safer and more resilient Cyberspace for the world of tomorrow. Plenary sessions were organized around five central topics (Cyber Industry, Cyber Threats and Resilience, Cyber Culture, International Cyber Collaboration and Cyber Disruption) with the goal to create an action-oriented roadmap for Cybersecurity in the 21st century. Within the scope of the Forum Saudi Arabia’s National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) also announced initiatives on the protection of children in Cyberspace and on the boosting of representation of women in Cybersecurity-related workfields. ISS Co-Direcor Guido Gluschke was invited to the Forum by the NCA to participate in the event.

9th Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum, Berlin/Germany

Guido Gluschke held a talk on Cyber Security Strategy in Energy at the 9th Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum that took place from 4-5 December in Berlin. Recognizing the need for digitalization of a growing number of hydropower plants in Europe to ensure future competitiveness, the Forum assembled hydropower asset owners, decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss improving hydropower efficiency through digitalization, the integration of cyber-physical systems and more.

Member’s Meeting of the EE-ISAC, Athens/Greece

Guido Gluschke and Dymtro Cherkashyn of the ISS attended the 12th EE-ISAC Member’s Meeting in Athens from 26-28 November 2019. Main topics of the meeting were the activities of the Energy Community, critical infrastructure threat analysis and challenges posed to energy operators by the EU-Commission’s Directive on security of network and information systems (NISD).

Munich Security Conference Cyber Security Summit, Berlin/Germany

ISS Co-Director Guido Gluschke took part in the recent Cyber Security Summit of the Munich Security Conference on 24-25 November 2019 in Berlin. The Summit featured high-level participants from politics, international organizations, economy, academia and civil society to discuss the global competition on information technologies, resilience against cyberattacks and disinformation, along with geopolitical aspects of internet regulation.

2nd Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the ITU Centers of Excellence (CoE) Network for the Europe and CIS Region, Trieste/Italy

From 19-20 November 2019 the 2nd Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the ITU Centers of Excellence Network for the Europe and CIS Regions took place in Trieste. Organized by the ITU and hosted by the CoE International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the meeting provided the CoEs with the opportunity to present their activities, exchange experience and knowledge and establish new collaborations, while giving an overview of the networks functioning. The ISS‘s Nuclear Security Scientist Dmytro Cherkashyn outlined the ISS‘s ITU-related activities and presented two new courses on Cybersecurity for 2020 in addition to the ones already accessible through the ITU.