The United Nations helps developing countries build infrastructure and protect human rights. Cybersecurity has become a new concern in carrying out those missions.
“One of the fundamental problems that’s come up is the threat of cybersecurity against their critical infrastructure,” says Paul Raines, CISO of the UN Development Programme. “If one country launched a cyber attack to politically intimidate another, it could do significant damage by tampering with the power grid, education, utilities or police facilities.” It’s also a question of human rights to access information and presumption of privacy, he adds. “If they’re spying on citizens or intercepting information – that’s fundamentally an issue of human rights.”
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