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Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Policy Issues, Risks and Strategies

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Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Policy Issues, Risks and Strategies

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New York City, United States
1 Mar 2018
Duration of event:
1 Days
Programme Area:
E-Governance, Satellite Imagery and Analysis
Specific Target Audience:
Core Diplomatic Training
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Secretary-General António Gutteres has emphasized the indispensable role of innovation in policy-making process on November 6, 2017: “From my perspective, what is important is to combine innovation and public policy to make sure that innovation works for the good of humankind.” In today’s world, technology is the driving force for innovation. Office of Information Communication Technology (OICT) will be offering a series of 4 lectures covering a variety of topics in order to increase the understandings on technology and how it can facilitate the core of the United Nations.

Participants in these lectures will receive trainings from technology experts from OICT. The courses are designed to help participants better understand the current world’s issues with the help and appliances of modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and data analysis. This lecture’s objective is to develop participants’ capacities, increase participants’ knowledge on modern technologies and eventually, encourage and inspire innovations.

To enable participants to:

  • Gain knowledge on modern technologies and how they could be applied to social issues;
  • Understand the implications of technology for sovereignty and economic stability;
  • Anticipate and assess the risks and opportunities for the use of technologies in different regions and fields;
  • Analyze the benefits technologies could bring for the UN system and how it may change the policy-making process.

10:30 a.m. Registration

11 a.m.

Introduction to organizational cybersecurity: vulnerabilities and risk mitigation strategies
Global Security & Architecture Section, OICT

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) is being leveraged by developing countries to become more effective in all areas of public service delivery such as education, identification, healthcare, communications, and others. While it is critical to adopt ICT rapidly for achieving faster socio-economic growth, it is equally critical to ensure the reliability and integrity of the underlying infrastructure and information systems. This talk provides an overview for people without a technology background of the vulnerabilities, threat landscape (e.g. types of actors, motivations, etc.) faced by public organizations operating in cyberspace as well as the methodologies to mitigate associated risks.


12 p.m.

Cyberspace: protecting critical infrastructure
Digital Blue Helmets, OICT

Governments, business and people are increasingly connected and carry-out important activities online through open networks such as the Internet and private governmental networks. These activities include commerce, knowledge exchange, communications, and management of critical public services, to name a few, all of which must be secure and reliable at all times. This reality comes with new challenges, prompting Governments to invest significant resources on protecting cyberspace and its interaction with other national critical infrastructures. This talk provides an overview for people without a cybersecurity background of systematic approaches and strategies to protect critical infrastructure such as evaluations, simulations, threat & dependencies analysis.

This event is open to UN Member States and personnel of the UN System holding a valid UN ID.

UN Ground Passes are required for this event.

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