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Be part of the solution to global cybersecurity challenges


Cybersecurity incidents continue to grow in frequency and severity and virtually all companies see it as a major and growing concern. The scale is stark: the costs of cybercrime alone are estimated at EUR5.5 trillion in 2020, nearly double the 2015 figure.

Since the private sector owns and operates most of the infrastructure and services of the online environment, we’re the first line of defence – and we’re often the first ones blamed when incidents happen.

We can’t solve or prevent cyber-issues alone: that requires public-private cooperation at all levels. Right now, it is too easy for bad actors to launch transboundary attacks with impunity.

Global Commitments – and even more important, the political will to act on them – are the only truly effective response.

Call to action

Without robust cooperation at the United Nations, bad actors will continue to arbitrage different legal approaches and levels of national cyber development for illicit purposes. Different regional and national approaches aren’t enough. Industry can’t afford the status quo to continue.

This initiative works alongside the ICC Cybersecurity Working Group (providing global industry positions), and Chief Security Officer Forum (providing strategic advice), delivering an experienced expert who works directly with UN negotiators in New York and capitals.

This gives participating firms a unique ability to influence the United Nations and its member governments, ensuring the voice of business is heard and seen as a source of solutions, and so that agreements made at that level better reflect industry needs.


The UN will begin the next five years’ work programme on global cybersecurity this December and separate negotiations are beginning on a global treaty on cybercrime in January 2022.

Industry needs the multilateral agenda to act to reduce cyber-insecurity and that will only happen if we are at the table, working with negotiators, day in and day out. That’s exactly where ICC United Kingdom is positioned. We need your help to keep us there and to increase our impact.


ICC United Kingdom is the voice for UK business at intergovernmental level, working with the ICC network, global industry bodies and governments. ICC is the only business organisation with UN Observer Status at the General Assembly and acts as a leading business voice for change in the only global forum where governments decide how the rules of the international legal order apply online.

ICC United Kingdom has a unique value proposition to add to that: we have a dedicated expert with more than two decades of multilateral experience working directly with delegations in New York and in national capitals to influence the negotiations taking place under the General Assembly. Our expert participates directly in the formal negotiations in New York on the ICC global delegation to the Open-Ended Working Group addressing cybersecurity issues, and the new process starting in January intended to create a new global treaty on cybercrime.

This initiative is also integrally involved in ICC’s global policy work through the ICC Cybersecurity Working Group and the new UK/US led Chief Security Officer Forum to ensure messaging and advocacy that reflects industry’s needs and priorities for action at the practical level. The level of engagement of ICC United Kingdom on this subject in New York is unique amongst trade associations worldwide.


Our goal is simple in concept but complex in execution: ensure global agreements reflect industry priorities for fewer, shorter, less severe cyber incidents and greater accountability and sanctions for those that engage in them. 

To deliver this, we advocate for practical outcomes such as:

  • More governments agreeing to take action to counter harmful transboundary attacks launched from their territory – even if those responsible are not acting on behalf of the government (like most ransomware attacks);
  • Greater protection of “critical infrastructure” – areas like cloud services – so states will not attack these in other countries and will work to prevent attacks from others using their territory;
  • Greater transparency on what rules governments agree to apply – and how the private sector can work with national governments on the ground to prevent, reduce, and increase responsibility, for attacks.
  • New forms of practical engagement at the firm level in country to proactively address the threat landscape – and to help firms influence the policies that can best help them.

Last, but not least, participating companies can say they are influencing the international action on an critical issue to drive real progress.


This initiative provides a service beyond what is on offer to ICC members or members of the CSO Forum and is funded through separate membership fees. 


  • Dedicated access to ICC expertise working directly with key decision-makers in capitals and in New York diplomatic missions;
  • Priority opportunities to participate and speak at events that directly reach key officials globally;
  • Collaborating with thought-leading member-firms’ experts and executives who share your concerns that has a direct impact on advocacy;
  • Access to monthly inside information on cyber policy in governments worldwide that your colleagues can use in advocacy and practical cyber risk reduction.


For further information on the programme contact: 

Nick Ashton-Hart 

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