Risks for NGOs in Times of Cyberwarfare

NGOs and other development organizations are relying ever more on digital technology to campaign, to deliver services, and to save lives. But this leaves them increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack from those who want to steal data or disrupt services.

This year has seen high profile concerns about Russian hacking in Ukraine, and new details about a major attack on the International Committee of the Red Cross.

What are the risks faced by NGOs working in fields such as civil rights and emergency relief? And what can be done to mitigate those risks?

Join Devex and a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion to answer these and other essential questions about humanitarian work in times of cyberwarfare.

Submit your questions live during the event or in advance to devexpro@devex.com.
David Ainsworth

David is a financial journalist who’s spent the last dozen years writing about and working in the nonprofit sector. He is a specialist in financial journalism and data analysis, writing about tax, accountancy, and investment. He was previously editor of Civil Society News, a national title for the voluntary sector. His work has appeared in The Times and The Guardian, and he’s written extensively about funding and strategy issues.

Olivia Williams
With eight years of practical experience across the international emergency realm, Olivia has borne witness to the data-related vulnerabilities circulating among partners operating across fragile, conflict, and violence zones, and has valuable expertise and in-depth knowledge of cyberattack surface and information security concerns. Olivia has worked with international development organizations, government agencies, and human rights NGOs on their risk awareness and Information Security capabilities, and possesses qualitative and quantitative analysis skills, enabling her to consider ICT influences as she conducts human-centered investigations.
Rohan Hewavisenti

Rohan Hewavisenti the chief financial officer at Amnesty International, a human rights NGO which has campaigned extensively on issues of cybersecurity. He oversees financial management at the International Secretariat and is responsible for supporting and fostering the organization’s financial literacy and capability. His portfolio also encompasses legal counsel, security, information and technology, security, and workspace services.

Time: 10:00 AM EST

Location: Virtual

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022