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PM to world leaders: Show strong political resolve to secure cyberspace

  • Published at 12:22 am September 26th, 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the UN headquarters in New York Focus Bangla</strong>
File Photo Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

'Cooperation on cybersecurity between all nations is integral, as the misuse of cyberspace can pose a threat to international peace'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the global community to demonstrate strong political resolve towards creating a secure and accessible cyberspace for future generations.

Cooperation on cybersecurity between all nations is integral, as the misuse of cyberspace can pose a threat to international peace, she added.

The Bangladesh prime minister made the comments while addressing a high level side-event to the UN General Assembly on cybersecurity and international cooperation, held at the UN headquarters in New York. The event was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN and the UN Office on Disarmament Affairs, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina said international cooperation for capacity building to address cyber security issues must be given priority.

"Development partners should consider this to be part of their internationally agreed commitments. In Bangladesh, we are working on building a complete cybersecurity eco-system," she said.

The prime minister also mentioned that the Bangladesh Parliament had recently enacted the Digital Security Act.

“A Cybersecurity Incident Response Team is in place, which cooperates with other countries. A digital forensic laboratory has been set up for training purposes, and the process of setting up a National Cyber Security Agency is underway. We hope to keep learning from the experiences of other friendly countries," she said.

The prime minister further said that cyberspace has no physical borders, and the capacity of states to deal with cyber attacks was far from even.

"In an inter-connected world, the weaker links can cause disruption for others. Cybersecurity should therefore be a concern for all, and not just a select few," Sheikh Hasina added.

The PM also said that identifying the actual source of wrongful activity remained a challenge.

Developing countries should be given access to technology and information to detect sources of cyberattacks, and the UN can play a critical role in making the digital world safer, she said. "The work on setting a norm for information security should continue. The mechanisms used so far should be made more inclusive. Developing countries should be given a chance to voice their concerns. The secretary general's agenda for disarmament recognizes that."

The prime minister also said states should promote the use of non-offensive means to prevent and counter harmful cyberactivity.

“The question of rights and freedoms in cyberspace needs to be addressed, and the role of the private sector and civil society must be factored in,” she added.

According to Sheikh Hasina, the norms and principles for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace should receive unconditional support."The principles of the UN Charter and relevant international law should apply to cyberspace."

She added that states should prevent their territory from being used for wrongful acts against the interests of other nations. “Bangladesh takes commitments to cybersecurity seriously, and we expect others to do the same.”

"Terrorists and violent extremists are using cyberspace to spread toxic narratives. The risks of misuse of ICT can be serious for international peace and security," the prime minister said.

UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Izumi Nakamitsu, Singaporean Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Estonian Deputy Foreign Minister Paul Teesalu, and Ambassador-in-charge of Cyber Policy of Japan Masato Otaka also spoke at the high level side event.

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