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ICCA-NYC Bar-CPR Working Group on Cybersecurity in Arbitration releases Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration

The Working Group on Cybersecurity in Arbitration is pleased to announce that the 2020 Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration will be released during a panel discussion at the first annual New York Arbitration Week to be held at the New York International Arbitration Center on Thursday, 21 November 2019. The Protocol also will be featured at the ICCA 2020 Congress to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in May of 2020.

 Recognizing that international arbitration in the digital landscape requires reasonable information security measures to protect the information exchanged during the process, ICCA, the New York City Bar Association (“NYC Bar”) and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”) established a Working Group to consider appropriate cybersecurity guidance for users of arbitration, counsel, arbitrators and arbitral institutions.

 The Working Group published an initial Consultation Draft Protocol that was released at the ICCA Congress in Sydney, Australia in April 2018.  At that time, the Working Group issued a call for comments that was sent to more than 240 individual consultees representing arbitral institutions, law firm arbitration practice groups, expert witnesses in arbitration proceedings and non-governmental organizations such as bar associations.  Since then, the Working Group has solicited feedback at more than 25 public workshops and other events held around the world. The 2020 edition of the Protocol reflects all this feedback.

For more information about the consultation process and the Working Group, click here.

 As the subject area is rapidly evolving, the Working Group will solicit feedback from users of the Protocol and anticipates issuing updated editions from time to time in coming years. The practice of regularly reviewing and updating the protocol will into account practical experience implementing it, changes to technology, prevailing cyber threats, law (including proliferating data privacy regulation across the globe), and emerging consensus as to best practices.

To download the 2020 Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration, click here.

 Feedback regarding the Protocol may be sent at any time to cybersecurity@arbitration-icca.org.