Bahrain confirms readiness to work with international community to ensure cyberspace security
Agencies | New York
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Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Jamal Faris Al Ruwaie, participated in the Security Council’s meeting on the countries’ responsibility and response to the cyber attacks on the sensitive infrastructures.
Addressing the meeting, which was called for by the USA and Albania, Ambassador Al Ruwaie stressed Bahrain’s belief in the significance of ensuring a safe and peaceful cyberspace and preventing conflicts arising from malicious cyber activities.
He added that rapid development of digital technology has changed the way the world works and affected all aspects of modern life. He explained that while this development brings benefits to everyone, it also comes at the expense of exposing us to a wide range of threats, which requires the international community to work collectively to face those challenges.
The ambassador pointed out the need to set international rules and standards for cyberspace based on the principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The aim, he noted, is to promote responsible behaviour in cyberspace and prevent malicious activities.
The Permanent Representative also stressed the importance of enhancing transparency and confidence-building measures between countries in cyberspace, including the creation of channels to report malicious activities and share information and best practices. He explained that given the current digital gap, there is a growing need for cooperation to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks. This, he said, requires a clear mechanism for countries to use to ask for assistance from other countries in this regard.
Ambassador Al Ruwaie said that it is of great importance to promote a closer partnership between public and private entities for a coordinated and coherent defence and response to cyber attacks. This, he added, contributes to the development of effective strategies and solutions for cybersecurity, including the exchange of information and best practices.
He affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain's readiness to work with other countries to set international rules and standards that regulate cyberspace, enhance transparency and confidence-building measures, and encourage cooperation in preventing and responding to cyber attacks.