The interconnected nature of modern society accelerates commerce, opens vast opportunities for development and connects individuals across the globe on an unprecedented scale. However, the same technologies that Governments, private-sector enterprises and a growing proportion of the world’s population depend upon every day also bring risks for security and privacy. In recognition of the increasing concern among agencies of the United Nations system regarding cybersecurity and cybercrime, CEB, through its High-level Committee on Programmes, endorsed a United Nations-wide framework on cybersecurity and cybercrime in November 2013. The framework establishes principles for program development activities related to cybercrime and cybersecurity as well as for better coordination among United Nations entities on this issue in support of Member States.

As it reviewed the information security landscape during its second regular session in November 2013, CEB focused its deliberations on the role that United Nations system organizations can play, both individually and collectively, to support intergovernmental deliberations relating to cybersecurity, cybercrime and information policies. To further these efforts, CEB agreed that United Nations system organizations would work together to develop a system-wide comprehensive and coherent strategy to support agencies as they address the challenges of cybersecurity, cybercrime and policies on information.