Call for trust, security in cyberspace

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is the first government-endorsed global effort on cybersecurity.
The World Economic Forum has announced that it will join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace by President Macron of France.
The initiative is the first government-endorsed global effort on cybersecurity.  Most noteworthy, it recognizes the important role the private sector plays in protecting the important global public goods of trust and security in cyberspace.
The Forum, through its Centre for Cybersecurity, will join the Call along with governments, industry and civil society.
Countries supporting the initiative include the following.

  • Member states of the European Union
  • Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Chile, Lebanon and Morocco
  • 150 companies and professional associations, 60 civil society organizations
Therefore, as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, the Forum is offering its platform.  Additionally, it is also offering expertise as leading convening organization between private sector and governments for this vital effort.

New wave of globalization

Troels Oerting, head of Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum, said: “We’re facing a new wave of globalization that is driven by technological advances of unprecedented scale and speed.
“While we welcome the opportunities arising from this transformation, cyber criminals welcome them, too.
“I’m convinced that organizations that hope to fend off these new threats on their own will pay a high price.
“Only through global cooperation can we hope to win the day. That’s why the Forum has chosen to support the Paris Call.”

Implementing Paris Call

The Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity will work with its network of partners and co-signatories to ensure the implementation and operationalization of the principles of the Paris Call.
Also, it will act to bolster current efforts that support these principles.  Moreover, it will convene all necessary stakeholders where new efforts are needed to achieve the shared goals.

Hence, in signing up to the Call, the Forum joins with its co-signatories to reaffirm support for an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful cyberspace.
Most noteworthy, the Forum is the only international organization that signed up.
Therefore, it serves an important role.  Importantly, it is a neutral platform for the development and broader adoption of the principles that guide global cooperation.
Finally, the initiative calls on all signatories to continue working together, notably to:
· Prevent and better recover from malicious cyber activities
· Protect the general availability and integrity of the internet
· Cooperate to prevent malign interferences in electoral processes
· Work together against ICT-enabled theft of intellectual property
· Prevent the proliferation of malicious tools and techniques
· Increase the security of ICT products and services as well as cyber hygiene
· Take steps to prevent “hack-back”
· Work together to strengthen the relevant international norms

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