Background

The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) briefed CEB on the growing risk of cybercrime and cyberthreats to modern communications and networks. 

Discussion

Noting the serious implications on other sectors, including emergency services, water supply and power networks, food distribution chains, aircraft and shipping, navigation, industrial systems and supply chains, health care, public transportation, government services and education, he stressed the importance of a United Nations system’s collective engagement in meeting these threats, in full cooperation with civil society and the private sector.  He proposed the establishment of an inter-agency mechanism to address the policy issues posed by the growing challenges to cybersecurity and cyberpeace and to define a blueprint for a system-wide approach to these issues.

CEB members agreed on the seriousness of this matter, both in terms of its global threat as well as with regard to the operations of the United Nations system itself. It was noted that the Information and Communications Technology Network under the High-level Committee on Management had been looking into strengthening cybersecurity for the United Nations system.

Action

The Board requested both the High-level Committee on Management and the High-level Committee on Programmes to take up the issue, under the leadership of ITU, and report back to CEB for further consideration as appropriate.