On UNSC’s Agenda:
Threat of Cyber Attacks to Key State Infrastructure
Although the developments in the digital sphere have provided us with an abundance of opportunities which we could not have imagined before, digitalisation at the same time presents States and their citizens with unprecedented challenges and dangers.
Cyberwarfare is becoming an alarmingly common practice. Cyber reconnaissance, cyber attacks and cyber espionage are just a few examples of the various techniques which have been employed over the last years, and which can have severe impacts on the functioning of vital State infrastructure. Moreover, reports of cyberattacks as we have seen, for example, with Russia’s interference with the 2016 United States elections, shed light not only on the dangers of cyberwarfare when employed against nation states by private parties, but that such strategies are also being developed by governments to pursue their political goals. As such, this move away from traditional forms of warfare means that States are forced to develop new means of protection too.
In the Security Council, we will debate your proposals on possible approaches to overcoming and preventing such threats of attacks to vital State infrastructure, and strive towards coming to a common solution to the question of cyberwarfare and its legitimacy in the globalising world.
Meet Your Chair:
Yara Lilie de Leon
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