Where: AidEx, Brussels Expo, Room 1101AB
When: 17th November: 10:00 – 14:00: GISF: “Safety and security in a digital world: From online risk to real life harm - a disinformation simulation workshop

18th November 10:00 – 14:00: Insecurity Insight: “Safety and security in a digital world: Opportunities for aid agency security risk management from digital information

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About: The topic of digital security in the humanitarian and development sector is a relatively new one and not particularly well understood by many working in the sector. References to digital issues are typically referred to IT departments. While technical security is important, it does not address the massive risk posed by an online world. In contrast, there may also be opportunities for using digital technology to improve aid agency security risk management.

Participants will be presented with a wide range of concerns and challenges, highlighting how integral the digital environment has become to our sector and the legal, moral, reputational, and criminal risks we face. Opportunities for harnessing the huge volume of digital information for effective security risk management will also be explored.
The workshops will;

  1. Raise awareness of the scope of the challenge facing the sector related to the digital environment and introduce key concepts.
  2. Generate conversation about where the responsibility for managing digital security risk lies within humanitarian organisations.
  3. Promote the concept that digital risk needs to become an integral element in any humanitarian security risk management system, exploring the real world consequences of digital risks.
  4. Focus on opportunities to improve risk management offered by digital technology.

Both workshops will feature NGO and external experts. They will discuss new challenges, threats and opportunities we should focus on, what risks have been neglected and how we can work more effectively on security risk management in the digital world. Addressing these issues will be key to improve the safety and security of all aid workers and operations and to improve access to, and impact for, crisis-affected populations in the 21st century.

17th November: 10:00 – 14:00: GISF: “Safety and security in a digital world: From online risk to real life harm - a disinformation simulation workshop”.

What are the threats and risks currently facing NGOs in a digital world, and how does digital security impact physical security? In this workshop, we will look at some of the challenges facing organisations in navigating the digital world. We will explore, through a simulation exercise, the concepts of misinformation and disinformation, and the real world and physical consequences arising. Finally, we will have an opportunity to discuss key issues, and concerns, and learn and share experiences.

Speakers:

Heather Hughes, Deputy Director, GISF
Sandrine Tiller, Project Lead, Misinformation/Disinformation Project , MSF UK
Tom Keunen, Information Security Officer, MSF

18th November 10:00 - 14:00: Insecurity Insight: “Safety and security in a digital world: Opportunities for aid agency security risk management from digital information

What are the opportunities for using digital technology to improve aid agency security risk management? In this workshop, we will start by looking at the growing number of information sources and discuss strategies to use such information effectively. In the second part, we will look at two digital platforms specifically configured to help agencies with their security risk management. We are discussing how a digital platform can help aid agencies to generate a tailored security risk assessment and we look into a digital mapping platform designed to help users to navigate through difficult terrain, coordinate teams and exchange information effectively

Speakers:

Christina Wille, Director, Insecurity Insight
Jim Cameroon,  Security Analyst, Insecurity Insight
Václav Pižl, Gina Systems

Registration: Register here