APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Cherie Lagakali
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Glocal Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE)
Senior Advisor Pacific Hub
Economy of Residence
New Zealand
Primary Stakeholder Group
Technical Community
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Saia Vaipuna, GFCE Pacific Hub,
Klee Aiken, FIRST,
Pablo Hinojosa, APNIC,
Bart Hogeveen, ASPI,
Tereza Horejsova, GFCE,
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Stories from the Pacific - the human side of cyber incidents
Session Format
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
The successes of digital transformation in the Pacific and increased internet connectivity of Pacific Islands is unfortunately accompanied with greater vulnerability of local IT systems.The recent spike in high profile, publically reported cyber incidents from the Pacific has seen a much welcomed boost in awareness and focus on bolstering technical, organisational, and policy approaches to help increase nations’ cyber resilience. This session will explore the impact of some of these incidents, and discuss the challenges, risks and lessons learnt, with a particular focus on the human impact of these incidents. This is an often overlooked dimension of cyber incidents. The session will look at on-the-ground, Pacific stories from recent cyber incidents, particularly from Fiji and Tonga. Drawing from the first-hand experiences of the speakers and seeking the views and perspectives from all those in the room, this session will look to highlight these human impact elements.

The discussion will flow through a moderated storytelling between the primary panellists, followed by a more open discussion with the room. The session will be built around recent incidents shared by the panel, with the speakers asked other questions depending on the flow of the discussion in accordance to the incidents highlighted and audience input.

With the increase in the number of cyber attacks in Pacific island countries, the session will look at whether the region is ready. Touching on trust from the human perspective. In and after an incident, can the system be trusted? Who do Pacific Island countries trust to go to for assistance? How to build or rebuild trust in systems, processes and people and how to build/maintain a trustworthy system
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
This year’s APrIGF theme asks about the types of legal and technical safeguards that must be put in place as well as what gaps that must be overcome to address technologies impact in the Asia-Pacific. While the technical, policy, and business aspects of cybersecurity continue to receive well needed attention, without full consideration of the human side of cyber incidents any work towards safeguards and solutions are not fully informed. Ensuring fairness and trust, means looking at the Internet from all perspectives, technical, financial, policy, as well as from this human perspective. The session seeks to contribute to building a complete picture of incident response through a deep dive into recent incidents impacting communities in the Pacific. Looking at real world cases will help uncover the depth and complexity of cyber incidents at human level, revealing elements of how trust is built, sustained, and potentially damaged as the region faces and addresses cybersecurity challenges. Under trust, this session will touch on aspects of cybercrime, cyber norms, digital cooperation, online safety, and others. The wide range of stakeholders and issue areas impacted by cyber incidents will see the session touch on cross over topics, including Internet resilience as highlighted under the sustainability theme and capacity building under access and inclusion. Sharing these stories and engaging in the discussion at APrIGF can help inform future efforts to build and sustain trust in the Internet and the existing and emerging opportunities. The session will contribute to and draw from a rich discussion at APrIGF, leveraging this year’s host city Brisbane and co-location with the PacIGF to contribute to a wider understanding of and discussion around incidents in the Pacific. Beyond APrIGF, the outcomes will have immediate impact, with the discussion and insights from the session directly inputted into the global IGF BPF Cybersecurity
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 minutes Welcome and scene setting by facilitator/moderator
30 minutes sectioned as 10 min per speaker + facilitator Sharing of incidents/experiences by invited speakers (moderated conversation with each speaker)
20 minutes Open mic - sharing and Q&A, any recordings
5 minutes Closing remarks, next steps (facilitator)
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Cherie Lagakali
    • Organization: GFCE Pacific Hub
    • Designation: Senior Advisor
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: New Zealand
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Klée Aiken
    • Organization: FIRST
    • Designation: Director - Community & Capacity Building
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: New Zealand
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Savenaca Siwatibau
    • Organization: Ministry of Defense
    • Designation: Cybersecurity Specialist
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Fiji
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Pelenita Milika Atoa ( Brenda)
    • Organization: CERT Tonga
    • Designation: Senior Engagement Officer
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Tonga
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 3

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    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
  • Speaker 4

    • Stakeholder Group: Select One
    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Cherie Lagakali has engaged extensively with the Pacific cyber community and government and operational levels having conducted a scoping and analysis of cyber issues affecting the region.
Klee Aiken has years of experience working on internet and cybersecurity issues in the Asia Pacific, in his role at FIRST he leverages the expertise and insights of the global incidence response community to build collaborative training, education and capacity building initiatives hence an expert on the topic discussed.
Savenaca Siwatibau looks after digital forensics and I.T investigation for Fiji government bringing both the indepth knowledge of incidences in Fiji as well as, knowledge of Fiji government Digital transformation and policy regulation.
Pelenita Milika Atoa ( Brenda) was front and centre, leading the CERT Team during the Tonga volcano eruption in 2022 and has a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight in Tonga's cyber community as well as from her previous role as acting CERT Director when Tonga held the chair at the Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON)
As experts in their own field, each speaker will bring added value and insight for a rich discussion on the topic, including expert advise for next steps for the region.
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2023.
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2023?
Number of Attendees (Please fill in numbers)
    Gender Balance in Moderators/Speakers (Please fill in numbers)
    • Moderators

      • Male: 1
      • Female: 1
    • Speakers

      • Male: 1
      • Female: 1
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