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Tuesday, December 19 • 09:00 - 10:00
The new Corporate Digital Responsibility; duties of care and the Internet of Things (OF40)

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The Ministry of Security and Justice of The Netherlands hosts the secretariat and co-chairs the Cyber Security Council of The Netherlands (CSR). The Ministry files this application in order to present on a body of work concerning duties of care for the ICT industry and to discuss the recommendations on a global scale. You find the report attached to this application.

In April 2017 the CSR, an independent, high-level, public-private-academic, advisory body to the Dutch Cabinet, published the document ‘Every business has duties of care in the field of cybersecurity’. The document presents a strong case why companies using ICT have duties of care, for itself, its customers and its environment. They point companies towards actions that ensure viable cyber security measures and solutions. The document is a product of joint national public-private-academic workgroups.

The number of devices connecting to the Internet (IoT) run into the billions and counting. The concerns around security rise as well. IoT touches our personal security. The call for duties of care are rising, with some stating that the opportunity for self-regulatory measures is about over. However, production and distribution are global. Hence industry’s call for harmonisation of (self-)regulatory measures. This Open Forum acknowledges the need for global harmonisation and brings together global experts in order to identify current best practices.

The Ministry will actively invite participants from different stakeholder groups and regional background, e.g. representatives of governments, industry, the military, regulators, civil society and the Internet industry to debate the current state of affairs pertaining duties of care, based on the CSR study. Participants will also be invited to share their views on ways forward. Interaction with the Dynamic Coalition on IoT and the Best Practice Forum on Cyber Security is foreseen.
Tag 1: Cyber Security
Tag 2: Internet of Things
Tag 3: Duties to care
Name(s) of Speaker(s):
Mr. Dick Schoof, National Coordinator Counter-Terrorism and Security
Ms. Elly van den Heuvel, secretary to the Cyber Security Council
Representatives of: the European Commission, governments, industry, Internet related organisations, civil society , (TBC)

Name of Online Moderator: Mr. Thijl Klerkx
Background Paper: Cyber Security Council - Duties of Care - IGF 2017.pdf
Past IGF Participation: No
Report Link:

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Tuesday December 19, 2017 09:00 - 10:00 CET
Room IX - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)