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How the U.N. is Fighting Back Against Cyber Attacks



It is no surprise that hackers have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years.

With more cyber attacks than ever, the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has recognized the need for stronger defense and is reaching out to innovative young minds for help in paving the way for a secure future.

Scott Croskey, Cipher’s Global Chief Security Officer, expressed the importance of the threats against the U.N. on One America News Network and why new cybersecurity initiatives are crucial.

Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition

How does the U.N. hope to achieve smarter security? They have just partnered with the Cybersecurity Tech Accord to launch the Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition. The Cybersecurity Tech Accord is a collection of companies with a shared goal of creating a safer and more peaceful Internet.

The competition is the first of its kind to challenge entrepreneurs to develop original technology-based solutions against cyber attacks.The solutions resulting from this competition will aide in promoting a secure and peaceful cyber environment through:

  • Addressing existing and potential cyber threats
  • Ensuring respect for international law in cyberspace
  • Ensuring respect for human rights in cyberspace
  • Adherence to voluntary norms, rules and principles
  • Fostering confidence building
  • Cybersecurity capacity building

The competition will start accepting submissions in January of 2020 and finalists will have the chance to present their ideas during High-Level Week of the United Nations in September. High-Level Week is where the Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in New York, to discuss the critical issues of global concern. Recognition and networking opportunities is not the only incentive for contestants to enter – finalists will also be in the running to receive cash prizes in order to kick off their winning submissions.

The Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition is sure to bring together young innovators who are eager to address the urgent need to improve cybersecurity. If that sounds like you, you can learn more on the rules of the competition and how to enter here.

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