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  • 19 April, 2021

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Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

India and the U.S. are being urged to join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace which now has 75 countries on board. It deals with the new cybersecurity threats faced in the world.

About Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace:

  • The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace was announced in 2018 by the French President.
  • It was announced during the Internet Governance Forum held at UNESCO and the Paris Peace Forum.
  • It is a non-binding declaration.
  • It calls states, private sector and civil society organizations to work together to promote security in cyberspace, counter disinformation. Also, it aims to address new cyber threats endangering citizens and infrastructure.

Nine Principles: The Paris Call is based on nine common principles. Such as:

  1. Protect Individuals and Infrastructure: Prevent and recover from malicious cyber and digital activities.
    • As it threatens or causes significant, indiscriminate or systemic harm to individuals and critical infrastructure.
  2. Protect the Internet: Prevent activity that intentionally and substantially damages the general availability or integrity of the public core of the Internet.
  3. Defend Electoral Processes: Strengthen capacity to prevent interferences by foreign actors. Especially those aimed at undermining electoral processes through malicious cyber activities and disinformation.
  4. Defend Intellectual Property: Prevent information and communications technology-enabled theft of intellectual property. Such as trade secrets or other confidential business information. It provides a competitive advantage to information holder.
  5. Non-Proliferation: Develop ways to prevent the proliferation of malicious software and practices intended to cause harm.
  6. Lifecycle Security: Strengthen the security of digital processes, products, and services, throughout the lifecycle and supply chain.
  7. Cyber Hygiene: Support efforts to strengthen advanced cyber hygiene for all actors.
  8. No Private Hack Back: Take steps to prevent non-State actors, including the private sector, from hacking back for their own purposes.
    • Hacking back: It means giving corporations and other hack victims, the permission to counter-attack cyber-threats. The Hacking back can be more aggressive against perpetrators as it is a retaliatory attack.
  9. International Norms: Promote the widespread acceptance and implementation of international norms of responsible behavior. It also aims to generate confidence-building measures in cyberspace.

Source: TH

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