UN Ad-Hoc Committee on Cybercrime – First Session
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 75/282 and with General Assembly decision 76/552, the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 74/247, will hold its first session at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York, United States of America, from 28 February to 11 March 2022.
Strengthening inclusive cybercrime policymaking: Europe regional consultation
12:00-3:30 PM (UTC)
Join Chatham House and the EU Cyber Direct project for this virtual regional consultation, intended for civil society, the private sector and other non-state stakeholders from the wider European region to share their perspectives on developing a new international convention on cybercrime, pursuant to United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/247.
As the United Nations prepares to negotiate a new convention on cybercrime starting in January 2022, it is vital that non-state stakeholders (such as civil society, the private sector, academia, and the technical community) have the opportunity to meaningfully share their opinions and concerns.
To this end, Chatham House’s International Security Programme is facilitating a series of virtual regional consultations to engage with non-state stakeholders from different regions during the negotiations on cybercrime, providing a platform for sharing knowledge, information and positions on different issues.
- Joyce Hakmeh, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Programme; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy.
- Patryk Pawlak, Brussels Executive Officer, European Institute for Security Studies.
Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?
3 November 2021 at 11:00 EDT /15:00 UTC / 17:00 CEST
In an effort to build on the December 2020 and February 2021 Let’s Talk Cyber multistakeholder discussions and to mark the launch of their new multistakeholder engagement website, currently under construction, the LetsTalkCyber Initative, is organizing a virtual session titled: “Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?“
In the first half of 2021, two United Nations (UN) processes successfully concluded with the adoption of two consensus reports by the GGE 2019/2021 and the OEWG 2019/2021, re-affirming the framework for responsible behaviour of states in cyberspace. But where do we go from here? How can we ensure these agreements are respected and implemented, and how can the multistakeholder community play an active role?
Roundtable on Implementing Digital Transformation – A Case for Cyber Cooperation
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation America and Research ICT Africa, are organizing a Roundtable on Implementing Digital Transformation - A Case for Cyber Cooperation on October 6 at 15:00-16:30 SAST.
This roundtable will focus on refining the understanding of the imperative of inclusive digital transformation and the concomitant security implications and risks of this transformation in Africa. Furthermore, to examine ways in which these concerns can be addressed, speakers will provide examples of initiatives related to SDG 16 and 17 (and other SDG targets) being undertaken in multilateral and multistakeholder cooperation frameworks, that are currently contributing to a more equitable, secure and stable cyberspace.
Technical Briefing on Capacity-Building Initiatives in the Area of Cybercrime
The aim of this event is therefore to provide up-to-date information about the capacity-building initiatives currently being implemented by the OSCE and other international organizations in the area of cybercrime. The event will aslo constitute an important venue to ensure continued co-ordination at the international level as to avoid duplications, reinforce synergies and capitalize on previous as well as more recent experiences. It will also allow the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation to ask, share ideas and raise issues that are relevant to the work of international organizations in this significant area.
Ransomware Task Force Unveils Comprehensive Framework To Combat Ransomware
Ransomware is one of society’s most pervasive threats and poses a critical risk to both national and global security. This destructive cybercrime, which results in staggering financial losses and puts human life at risk, will need commitment from every level of government and private industry to mitigate this evolving threat.
The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) — in partnership with a broad coalition of experts in industry, government, law enforcement, civil society, and international organizations who have joined IST’s Ransomware Task Force (RTF) — will deliver a comprehensive framework to combat ransomware on Thursday, April 29. At 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. This online event will feature:
A Keynote from the Honorable Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Recommendations — A variety of engagements with the RTF Co-Chairs to delve into the challenges posed by the ransomware threat and the comprehensive framework:
Retired U.S. Army Major General John A. Davis, Vice President of Public Sector, Palo Alto Networks
Megan Stifel, Executive Director, Americas, Global Cyber Alliance
Michael Phillips, Chief Claims Officer, Resilience Insurance
Kemba Walden, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
Chris Painter, President, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation
Jen Ellis, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7
Michael Daniel, President & CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance
Philip Reiner, CEO, Institute for Security and Technology
First Session UN Cybercrime Ad Hoc Committee
In accordance with resolution 74/247, the Ad Hoc Committee is mandated to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes. In order to fulfil its mandate, the Committee may consider holding eight sessions in Vienna, from August 2021 to the end of June 2024, to elaborate and approve the convention for submission, through a draft resolution, to the General Assembly for consideration and adoption at its seventy-ninth session, to be held in 2024.
Pursuant to resolution 74/247, during the negotiation process, the Ad Hoc Committee will take into full consideration existing international instruments and efforts at the national, regional and international levels on combating the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, in particular the work and outcomes of the open-ended intergovernmental Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime. For this purpose, the secretariat will prepare, if requested by the Committee, a background paper on existing international legal instruments, recommendations and other documents addressing the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, with a view to facilitating the elaboration process.
UN Cybercrime Ad Hoc Committee (RES A/74/247)
Through its resolution 74/247, adopted on 27 December 2019, the General Assembly, inter alia, took note of Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution 26/4 of 26 May 2017, in which the Commission expressed appreciation for the work done by the Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime and requested the Expert Group to continue its work, with a view to examining options to strengthen existing responses and propose new national and international legal or other responses to cybercrime, and in this regard reaffirmed the role of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
In the same resolution, the General Assembly decided to establish an open-ended ad hoc intergovernmental committee of experts, representative of all regions, to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, taking into full consideration existing international instruments and efforts at the national, regional and international levels on combating the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, in particular the work and outcomes of the open-ended intergovernmental Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime
The General Assembly also decided that the ad hoc committee shall convene a three-day organizational session in August 2020, in New York, in order to agree on an outline and modalities for its further activities, to be submitted to the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session for its consideration and approval.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly decided through its decision 74/567 of 14 August 2020 to postpone the organizational session of ad hoc committee to a date as early as conditions permit but not later than 1 March 2021.
UNODC, through the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, will serve as Secretariat for the ad hoc committee and is supporting Member States in preparation for its three-day organizational session.
MENA E-Crime & Cyber Resilience Summit 2021
The current digital age has transformed the way we live our lives with plenty of online communication, commerce, social media, distant digital workforce and convenient living facilitated by digital devices and networks around us. While our dependence for technology is becoming a necessity, we aren’t doing enough to protect ourselves. Cyber criminals, hacktivists, and state actors are constantly targeting our freedom, private lives, personal details, sensitive corporate information while we digitize our personal and corporate infrastructures.
MENA E-Crime & Cyber Resilience summit is the first of its kind summit in the region that focuses on best practices, innovative technologies, real-time case studies and thought leadership from global cybersecurity leaders in an educational environment. Topics covered at this summit unearths the latest cutting-edge technologies and innovations along with a 360-degree view of evolving cybersecurity landscape and how to combat cyber criminals with peer-reviewed solutions to be cyber resilient. At this summit, the delegates will take home tons of actionable insights to strengthen their organisation’s cybersecurity strategy by staying abreast of relevant data-protection policies and regulations necessary to safeguard one’s organization's integrity.
Be a part of this platform wherein we will extensively discuss Proactive threat hunting, Zero-trust model, industrial cybersecurity, Crisis Management, Cyber insurance, Anti-Money Laundering and other topics that matter the most in this digital world!
Informal Multistakeholder Consultation on OEWG Zero Draft Report
Ahead of the third and final substantive session of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) between 8-12 March 2021, the informal multistakeholder consultation on the Zero Draft Report will take place online on 25 February.
Bringing the GFCE Working Groups Together
The formal focus of the GFCE Working Group Meetings, was to further strengthen an ecosystem for international cooperation on cyber capacity building and to bring the GFCE forward in 2019.
One of the main outcomes of the Working Group sessions was for the different GFCE Working Groups to agree on the work plans and expected deliverables for 2019, that will be presented during the GFCE Annual Meeting 2019 in October. Kindly find the work plans for each of the respective Working Groups in the online report.
Themes & Topics
- Cyber Security Policy and Strategy
- National Assessments
- CBMs, Norms and Cyberdiplomacy
- Cyber Incident Management & Critical Information Protection
- National Computer Security Incident Response
- Critical Information Infrastructure Protection
- Cybercrime Training and Prevention
- Legal Frameworks / Cybercrime Law
- Cyber Security Culture & Skills
- Cyber Security Awareness
- Education, Training & Workforce Development
- Cyber Security Standards
European Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Conference (EICC)
The European Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Conference – EICC 2020 aims at establishing a venue for the exchange of information on cybersecurity and its many aspects between academics and practitioners in Europe. EICC was formerly known as the Central European Cybersecurity Conference – CECC and has been rebranded to underscore the interdisciplinarity of the conference and broaden its reach. EICC 2020 encourages the dialogue between computer scientists and researchers in all other fields related to cybersecurity, such as behavioral sciences, sociology, criminology, investigations and law. Interdisciplinary contributions are especially welcome.