Technological advances, such as high Internet and mobile phone penetration and the availability and affordability of mobile broadband services, have led to a growing number of Internet users and an increasing reliance on these technologies in economic and social development. However, the openness of the Internet, and cyberspace in general, has made it susceptible to abuse and users are vulnerable to attacks by criminals and hackers. Thus, legal, regulatory and procedural frameworks are needed to combat cyberthreats and raise awareness among individuals and institutions of such risks and their impact on work and personal life.
This is a summary of a study on the subject published by ESCWA in Arabic. The study provides an analytical overview of the current situation of cybercrime and cybersafety at the regional and international levels and highlights measures to strengthen and harmonize efforts to combat cybercrime and promote cybersafety. It also proposes a guiding policy framework to enhance cybersecurity and build confidence in information and communications technologies and cyberspace. ESCWA invites Arab Governments to use this framework and adapt it to their national needs.