Marina Kaljurand to chair high-level cyber security commission ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand.
Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Estonia's former Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand will chair a high-level commission, set to be announced at the Munich Security Conference this weekend, focused on the stability of cyberspace, daily Postimees wrote.

The deputy chairmen of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) will be Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005-2009 and one of the authors of the USA PATRIOT Act, and former Deputy National Security Adviser of India Latha Reddy.

Other members of the committee will include for example Harvard professor, former high-ranking official of the Clinton administration and author of the "soft power" concept Joseph Nye, former MI6 deputy chief Nigel Inkster, annual hacking conference DEF CON founder Jeff Moss, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney, internet founder and pioneer Vint Cerf and former Swedish Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.

The goal of the committee is to compile a thorough report in three years regarding what specifically must be done in order to increase the security of cyberspace. The GCSC will offer proposals to the international community — including states, organizations and businesses — which will not be compulsory.

The formation of the new committee will be announced by Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders at the Munich Security Conference this weekend. The GCSC will operate in meeting format, convening in person quarterly, with a secretariat in the Hague and San Francisco serving the commission at all other times.

Kaljurand was Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for a little over a year before resigning from the position ahead of an unsuccessful run for the Estonian presidency last September. Kaljurand had worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 25 years, 7 of which were spent serving as ambassador in various countries, including the U.S. and Russia.

Editor: Aili Vahtla