No Consensus on Proposed Global Cybercrime Treaty
On Friday, governments concluded two weeks of polarizing meetings at the United Nations on a proposed global cybercrime treaty without reaching consensus on fundamental issues like the treaty’s scope, what constitutes a cybercrime, and what role, if any, human rights should play in its implementation. Additionally, governments are still entertaining measures to fight global cybercrime at the expense of the rights of people this proposed treaty is meant to protect. The proposed treaty has the potential to rewrite cybercrime legislation in countries around the world and transform cross-border policing...
The Common African Position on the Application of International Law in Cyberspace: Reflections on a Collaborative Lawmaking Process
On January 29, 2024, the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) unanimously adopted Communiqué 1196 (2024) pursuant to which it adopted the Common African Position on the Application of International Law to the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in the Cyberspace. The Common African Position (CAP) and all four Communiqués that the PSC adopted on this topic can be found here.
Warning on increase in cyber-attacks with stolen passwords
A new report issued by IBM points out that Europe is the region most affected by cyberattacks, having received 32% of the incidents recorded in 2023, in a context in which the volume of attacks with valid credentials and the use of software for information theft has increased, and a lack of basic security in critical infrastructures is noticed.
New Google Initiative to Foster AI in Cybersecurity
The internet giant believes that AI is pivotal for digital security, having the potential to provide defenders with a definitive advantage over attackers and to upend the Defender’s Dilemma. “AI allows security professionals and defenders to scale their work in threat detection, malware analysis, vulnerability detection, vulnerability fixing and incident response,” Google says. Through the new AI Cyber Defense Initiative, the internet giant brings AI to security and helps others, investing in an AI-ready infrastructure and providing new defensive tools and research, as well as AI security training.
DHS Launches First-Ever Cyber Safety Review Board
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the establishment of the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), as directed in Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. The CSRB is an unprecedented public-private initiative that will bring together government and industry leaders to elevate our nation’s cybersecurity.
ITU launchs 2nd edition of the National Cybersecurity Strategy Guide
The newly released 2nd edition of the National Cybersecurity Strategy Guide offers a roadmap to develop a sound strategy that captures the fast-changing nature of #cyber risks https://ncsguide.org/
UN OEWG held its first substantive session on the week of 13th December 2021 at the UN headquarters in New York
The December 2021 meeting had rich contributions from member states and inter-governmental organisations, as well as inputs from non-state actors, with focus on cyber rules, norms and principles, on the applicability of international law in cyberspace, on capacity building, on new and emerging cyber threats, and on multistakeholder participation for this new round of negotiation on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.