The UN Security Council held its first formal public meeting on cybersecurity, addressing the growing threat of hacks to countries’ key infrastructure, an issue US President Joe Biden recently raised with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
At their summit last month in Geneva, Biden set out red lines for Russia, which is often accused of being behind major hacks. In this case, he laid out 16 “untouchable” entities, ranging from the energy sector to water distribution.
One European ambassador who specializes in cybersecurity said, “This is the generic list of critical infrastructure which every country has.”
The diplomat added, “In the United Nations first committee, we already have agreed in 2015, which is six years ago, that we are refraining from malicious cyber activities against each other’s critical infrastructures as UN member states.”
The Security Council has addressed the subject in the past, but only informally.