Global Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium

Upgrading the User to Counter Cybercrime in Our Time

The annual Global Symposium on Cybersecurity Awareness addresses the development of cybersecurity awareness programs at the transnational levels - as well as the establishment of messaging and measurement instruments that must be deployed to make people part of the solution to cybercrime and predictable ICT risks.

Upgrade the User

The Symposium’s objectives are 1) the establishment of a global strategy for transnational cybersecurity awareness messaging that speaks to predictable cybercrime risks and 2) the development of measurement tools and messaging assets deployed as a keystones of a cybercrime prevention regimen, subject to the same rigor as any other kind of public health measure.

Toward those objectives, APWG has held two annual programs, one each year since 2016. 

In 2017, at the United Nations in Vienna, the symposium led by APWG Director Dr. Brad Wardman dedicated the entire August 30 program to research on upgrading ICT user behaviors, and measuring them rigorously - as well as the programmatic informing of user user alerting and safety systems. Senior researchers from universities, industry laboratories and other sectors will present their findings on measuring, informing and evolving ICT users’ behaviors. APWG also convened the national curators of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaigns from Switzerland, USA, Japan and Spain to share their wisdom on the development of their own cybersecurity awareness campaigns.

In 2017 and beyond, APWG seeks to inspire key nations' governments and private-sector stakeholders, global commercial enterprises and multilateral treaty organizations to adopt scaled approaches to upgrading ICT user behaviors in enduring ways - and to maintain them in public-health models of intervention. At this year’s cybersecurity awareness symposium, APWG and its collaborators will be announcing new resources and tools to inform that effort and catalyze its long term development.

Join APWG and APWG.EU and be part of the human half of the solution to cybercrime in our time. Past year's agendas here:

2017 Symposium on Global Cybersecurity Awareness Messaging

2017 in Vienna, at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Bern Symposium on Global Cybersecurity Awareness Messaging
2016 in Bern, Swittzerland at the University of Bern