BI.ZONE Now Part of the Global Advisory Board on Digital Threats
The board consists of 16 members from different countries with expertise in multiple fields: legal, political, military and digital. The ICRC invited BI.ZONE’s CEO Dmitry Samartsev as the representative of one of Russia’s leading cyber security companies.
Other board members include experts from Stanford and Oxford Universities, Microsoft, a former Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and other organisations. The full list of participants can be found on the ICRC website.
The board held its first meeting on 9 June 2021. Going forward, the board is scheduled to meet twice a year and focus on several areas of defence against digital and cyberthreats during armed conflicts:
- protecting civilian infrastructure against hostile cyber operations
- protecting civilians against the negative effects of information campaigns during armed conflict
The ICRC is seeking experts’ advice on a variety of cyberthreats and digital risks, such as the increasing use of automation and artificial intelligence in cyber operations, the new humanitarian risks associated with the exponential growth of the Internet of things, and the growing number of threat sources in the digital space.