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December 8, 2010


Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) participated in a two-day national expert workshop on cyber security organized by the OSCE Office in Yerevan and the OSCE Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU) on December 8 and 9 in Yerevan.  ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian was one of only two Armenian experts to give a formal presentation on cyber security in Armenia at the event.  The Yerevan workshop addressed cyber security in a comprehensive manner by focusing on the terrorist use of the Internet, cyber crime and other threats, including those to critical infrastructures.

Opening the workshop, Dimitar Jalnev, the Program Coordinator at the OSCE ATU, noted that the “growing dependence on information technology and the interconnection of critical infrastructure have made a secure cyberspace vital to the functioning of a modern state.”  The expert meeting sought to strengthen participants’ skills in dealing with terrorist use of the Internet and the participants studied the impact of potential attacks and discussed potential countermeasures, pertinent legal frameworks, lessons learned and best practices.

Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, the Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, also noted that “a combined effort involving governments, civil society and the private sector is essential in developing effective and coordinated measures to counter cyber threats. State action alone is often not sufficient. Joint problems require joint solutions, including co-operation between the public and the private sector.”

The workshop was the third of its kind organized by the OSCE ATU, wit previous workshops also held in Serbia and Croatia.  ACNIS will join an official working group on cyber security being organized by the OSCE and the Armenian government.

Related links: Giragosian Cyber Security PowerPoint presentation

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) is a leading independent strategic research center located in Yerevan, Armenia.  As an independent, objective institution committed to conducting professional policy research and analysis, ACNIS strives to raise the level of public debate and seeks to broaden public engagement in the public policy process, as well as fostering greater and more inclusive public knowledge. Founded in 1994, ACNIS is the institutional initiative of Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Over the past fifteen years, ACNIS has acquired a prominent reputation as a primary source of professional independent research and analysis covering a wide range of national and international policy issues.

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