Yesterday, the Disarmament Committee kicked off JOMUN with a debate about a resolution submitted by the Delegate of Burundi and co-submitters South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Mali Chad and the Republic of Congo on the question of improving governmental safeguards against cybersecurity threats.
The resolution highlighted that, due to rapid development in Africa, it is easy for cybercriminals to attack because the African networks have extremely weak information security. The number of cyberattacks in 2012 increased by 42%. The resolution also emphasizes that various African governments lack the financial and technical capacity to oversee electronic exchanges that may be a threat to the national security of that country.
Kyra Deacon listens to the debate on security threats.
The resolution encourages the involvement of the African Union and NEPAD in the formation of an African cyber security response team and urges all African nations to states to follow the guidelines. The resolution also encourages implementation of consequences for the countries that do not do so.
The delegates of the DRC, Chad, Ethiopia and South Africa were in full agreement with the resolution as it affected African countries and the businesses within and urged the entire council to vote in favor for the resolution.
However, the delegate of the United Kingdom was not in support.
"The resolution was executed poorly," said the delegate of the UK, "and the cyber attack software should focus more on governments as opposed to invading the privacy of private businesses."
An amendment was then submitted from the delegate of Nigeria.
"Instead of punishing the countries that don't follow the guidelines, positive stimulation is in order" said the delegate of Nigeria.
The first amendment passed.