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As a result of President Trump’s recent activity with the United Nations progress is being achieved in many areas, and this is but one.

27 NATIONS INK CYBERSECURITY PLEDGE

Twenty-seven nations signed a statement today reaffirming their commitment to constructing a framework for responsible state behavior in cyberspace.

The statement, Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, created a framework for the nations to show their continuing support for the international rules-based order, and encourage its adherence, implementation, and further development, including at the ongoing UN negotiations of the Open-Ended Working Group and Group of Governmental Experts.

“We support targeted cybersecurity capacity building to ensure that all responsible states can implement this framework and better protect their networks from significant disruptive, destructive or otherwise destabilizing cyber activity. We reiterate that human rights apply and must be respected and protected by states online, as well as offline, including when addressing cybersecurity,” the nations said in a statement issued by the U.S. State Department.

The countries that signed are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“This statement provides a support structure for the United States and our allies to further unite and coordinate cyber efforts to defend our infrastructure(s) from nation-states and hackers, as well as help to better protect our citizens against ongoing information operations by Russia and other adversaries,” said Rosa Smothers, senior VP of cyber operations at KnowBe4.

The group added it is willing to work together to hold states accountable when they act contrary to these ideals by taking measures that are transparent and consistent with international law.

“There must be consequences for bad behavior in cyberspace,” the pledge stated.

The announcement came as the UN General Assembly was set to meet in New York.

Formal Text

The following text is a joint statement affirmed by these countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States – dated September 23, 2019.

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Joint Statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

Information technology is transforming modern life, driving innovation and productivity, facilitating the sharing of ideas, of cultures, and promoting free expression. Its benefits have brought the global community closer together than ever before in history.  Even as we recognize the myriad benefits that cyberspace has brought to our citizens and strive to ensure that humanity can continue to reap its benefits, a challenge to this vision has emerged.  State and non-state actors are using cyberspace increasingly as a platform for irresponsible behavior from which to target critical infrastructure and our citizens, undermine democracies and international institutions and organizations, and undercut fair competition in our global economy by stealing ideas when they cannot create them.

Over the past decade, the international community has made clear that the international rules-based order should guide state behavior in cyberspace.  UN member states have increasingly coalesced around an evolving framework of responsible state behavior in cyberspace (framework), which supports the international rules-based order, affirms the applicability of international law to state-on-state behavior, adherence to voluntary norms of responsible state behavior in peacetime, and the development and implementation of practical confidence building measures to help reduce the risk of conflict stemming from cyber incidents.  All members of the United Nations General Assembly have repeatedly affirmed this fra