Delegate Name: Natalie Swartz
In the growing digital age, security in response to cybercrime has become increasingly important. In less than four decades, humanity has gone from minimal involvement in an electronic world to nearly every system and connection functioning online, from hospitals to a majority of businesses and records storage. Coinciding with this, the past ten years have seen rates of cybercrimes taking a drastic upturn. Over 60% of businesses experienced some sort of phishing or social engineering attacks, and spending on cybersecurity is estimated to reach $133.7 billion by 2022. The Republic of France strongly believes that the body of the Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee should focus on responding to the most common cybercrimes, phishing and fraud.
In France, fraud is the most common form of cybercrime, with over 75% of crimes committed online being fraud or fraud-adjacent, considering things like identity theft and fraudulent access to automated data processes. The French national digital security strategy, introduced on October 15th, 2015, is the main development France has made to combat this. This strategy put France as a leader in European Digital Strategy. This strategy involves concentrated and coordinated responses to cyberthreats, including but not limited to: digital trust, defence and security of State information systems and critical infrastructures, continuing education, industrial policy, and cyberspace stability. As of February 2021, France’s current prime minister, Emmanuel Macron, has planned to invest 500 million euros (600 million USD) into cybersecurity, specifically for corporations and public authorities to improve their defenses.
On a global scale, the Republic of France hopes to create and expand similar strategies to the one implemented in 2015 by Macron. We believe with work done to collaborate on creating policies and funding for protecting national infrastructure and international trade, which can be greatly impacted by cyberattacks. France suggests that we, as a body, create public campaigns that alert corporations and international citizens alike in order to raise awareness towards cyberattacks and how people can protect themselves from being targeted.
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