US-Singapore Cyber & Tech Security Virtual Series Session #2: Indo-Pacific Perspectives on the Application of International Law and Norms in Cyberspace
17 December, 2020
December 17, 2020 (US) | December 18, 2020 (Singapore)
Starting at 3:00 pm (HST) | 9:00 am (SST)
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Live online via Zoom.
Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director,
Washington, D.C. Office, Asia Society Policy Institute
Associate Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence of
National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies,
Nanyang Technological University
Senior Advisor at the Stimson Center
Moderated by Eugenio Benincasa, Resident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum
About the Event
With the proliferation of a far more offensive and intrusive posture in cyberspace by great powers and the disruptive effects of emerging technology, Southeast Asian countries maintaining stability in the region requires open communication channels, information-sharing mechanisms, and collaboration on technical aspects of cybersecurity.
In light of this reality, in 2016, the US and Singapore signed the 2016 US-Singapore Memorandum of Understanding on Cybersecurity Cooperation to provide technical cybersecurity capacity building with the participation of key industry partners. The partnership was envisioned to encourage multi-stakeholder cooperation to strengthen the overall regional cybersecurity capacity in ASEAN. Collaboration was further strengthened in 2018 through the US-Singapore Declaration of Intent (DOI) to collaborate on a Cybersecurity Technical Assistance Programme for ASEAN member states.
US-Singapore Cyber & Tech Security Virtual Series Session #2: “Indo-Pacific Perspectives on the Application of International Law and Norms in Cyberspace” explores the potential opportunities and the challenges of US-ASEAN and US-Singapore cybersecurity cooperation in supporting adoption of the 11 voluntary, non-binding norms recommended by the 2015 United Nations Group of Governmental Experts; the development of norms implementation checklist; upgrading Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)-capacity in the region through the ASEAN Cyber Capacity Program; the implementation of cyber confidence-building measures through the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting-Plus Experts Working Group on Cybersecurity.
As potential avenues for bilateral and regional cooperation, the session will also assess the concept of cyber deterrence as it applies to Southeast Asia and the prospects of formulating an international legal framework underpinning attribution given the evolving cyberthreat landscape.
This event is Session 2 of Pacific Forum’s United States-Singapore Cyber & Tech Security Virtual Series, held with support from the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
About the Speakers
Elina Noor is Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A native of Malaysia, Elina’s work focuses on security developments in Southeast Asia, global governance and technology, and preventing/countering violent extremism. Previously, Elina was Associate Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Prior to that, she was Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia. Between 2017 and 2019, Elina was a member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She was educated at Oxford University, the London School of Economics & Political Science, and Georgetown University.
Eugene EG Tan is Associate Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence of National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, specializing in cybersecurity issues, Singapore’s foreign policy, and aviation issues. Currently, Eugene is working on research projects covering cybersecurity and state behavior in cyberspace. Eugene has published journal articles and book chapters with regard to cybersecurity in ASEAN and Singapore, including “A Small State Perspective on the Evolving Nature of Cyber Conflict: Lessons from Singapore” PRISM, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2020, “Cyber Norms and International Law in ASEAN” in Gisela Elsner and Aishwarya Natarajan, Regulating the Cyberspace: Perspectives from Asia, and “Next Steps for ASEAN Cyber Norms” in Fitriani, Christian Pareira and Naufal Armia Arifin, Towards a Resilient Regional Cyber Security: Perspectives and Challenges in Southeast Asia. Eugene holds a Masters of International Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Politics) from the University of Otago, and a Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore. He previously taught various international relations and comparative politics module, at the National University of Singapore, Department of Political Science.
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