What is the role of philanthropy in advancing cyberpeace?



Nonprofits, civil society organisations, charities, and donors are under attack. As the recent attack against the ICRC has shown, data breaches have real consequences.

The proliferation of cloud-based technologies coupled with the move to remote work during the pandemic has dramatically increased the attack surface for cybercriminals. Overall, more than 50 per cent of NGOs now report that a cyberattack has targeted them. One of the reasons is that nonprofits often possess valuable data about donors, clients and employees but may be less likely than for-profit organisations to have modern cybersecurity programs in place.

These factors combine to create a perfect storm for both philanthropies and nonprofits trying to keep up. To thwart malicious actors, organisations in the philanthropy space need to focus on standard security practices and their unique vulnerabilities, from the bottom to the top.

What kinds of attacks are nonprofits facing? Why ensure proper cybersecurity programs is critical for nonprofit funders? How could philanthropy actors contribute to changing cyberspace and shape cyberpeace?

Those questions will be addressed by Fabien Leimgruber and Ottavia Galuzzi from the CyberPeace Institute, along with Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio, from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy (University of Geneva).



Fabien Leimgruber

Fabien Leimgruber  Senior Program Manager at CyberPeace Institute

Fabien joined the CyberPeace Institute in 2020. His role is to build up the CyberPeace Builders’ network. Fabien has several years of experience in cybersecurity in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He managed the Cyber Threat Intelligence Unit at Kudelski Security, and then he joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the Information Security Awareness Adviser. He has a master’s degree in Law in Criminality and Information Security from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

Ottavia Galuzzi

Ottavia Galuzzi  Cyber Operations Officer at CyberPeace Institute

Ottavia joined the CyberPeace Institute in 2019. She focuses on creating, implementing and raising awareness of the Institute’s pre-incident services to improve the skills and knowledge of beneficiaries to prepare for cyberattacks. Ottavia has worked as a cybersecurity and intelligence consultant and adviser across the private and public sectors. She has a master’s degree in Cybersecurity, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio

Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio  Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioural Philanthropy

Gisueppe is Assistant Professor in Behavioural Philanthropy and the co-director of the executive education programmes in Philanthropy. He has a strong interest in understanding the neuropsychological mechanisms that drive complex human social behaviours. In particular, his research work aims to understand how decision mechanisms compete and interact to drive choices related to sacred moral values, honesty, and norm-compliance. In his current position in Behavioural Philanthropy, he studies how to use insights from behavioural sciences to better characterize philanthropic behaviour. The goal of this research is to make philanthropy more efficient and appealing so that it can better contribute to improving the well-being of individuals and society.