Digital technologies and data have gained a tremendous importance in today’s world. An increasing number of processes (decision making, communication, consultation, commerce, law enforcement, etc) heavily rely on digital at every level of society (government, businesses, individual, communities, civil society). This evolution led to an increased exposure to a series of new risks, related in particular to cyber-security, over-reliance on a limited number of digital technology suppliers and surveillance.
In this context, humanitarian organizations must strive to improve their cybersecurity, to maintain their technological independence and their capacity to continue using digital services despite this sphere being increasingly pervaded by the tensions generated by armed conflict. Most importantly, they must integrate such risks in their assessment of civilian population vulnerabilities and needs, in order to be able to better serve them.
In order to do so, humanitarian staff must better understand cybersecurity, both from an organizational and from a geopolitical perspective. They must also be aware of the stakes related to the digital supply chain and its consequences on people and on humanitarian operations.
The goal of this MOOC is to equip humanitarian staff with this knowledge, allowing them to better engage in developing, integrating, and evaluating actions in the “digital” area as an essential condition to ensure the success of digital transformation. This training will contribute to preparing its workforce to an organization which, transformed or not, is and will increasingly be an active stakeholder in cyberspace.
This program is in production. Please stay tuned if you are interested in learning more about the course.