Background

At its twentieth session, the Committee discussed the impact of cybercrime and cybersecurity and requested the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to organize a meeting of focal points to examine the policy and technology dimensions related to these issues. The Committee was briefed on developments since then by Doreen Bogdan (ITU) and Sandeep Chawla (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).

Ken Herman, the CEB secretariat Senior Adviser on Information Management Policy Coordination, informed the Committee of the risks faced by the United Nations system on cybercrime and cybersecurity. He reiterated that a Committee related group would focus on programme policy and complement the activities of the Information and Communications Technology Network, which had a focus on internal agency operational cybersecurity.

Mr. Herman noted that the issues presented by the Information and Communications Technology Network to the High-Level Committee on Management related to cybersecurity included the need to integrate information and communications technology training as a core part of required orientation for staff and the harmonization of internal cybersecurity policies and standards.

Discussion

Participants expressed support for the group, as well as the need for it to work closely with the Information and Communications Technology Network. They felt that the terms of reference of the proposed group should be refined to specify its programmatic goals more precisely.

In their reply to the Committee, Ms. Bogdan and Mr. Chawla agreed on the need to refine the terms of reference of the proposed United Nations group along the lines of the comments from the Committee. They cautioned against treating the two issues separately and noted they would continue to steward this discussion on behalf of the Committee.

Action

The Committee endorsed the proposal of setting up one single group, the United Nations Group on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, and agreed that ITU, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, would refine further its terms of reference. The Committee would revert back to this issue in one year.