Group of Seven (G7)
Last Updated: November 2018
Policy
Strategy Documents
G7 Principles and Actions on Cyber
• Affirms the cyberspace member States are seeking, including the fundamental principle of free flow of information, and the importance of respecting and promoting privacy, data protection and cyber security;
• Affirms the applicability of international law in cyberspace;
• Pledges to take decisive and robust measures in close cooperation against malivious use of cyberspace both by states and non-state actors, including terrorists;
• Affirms that under some circumstances, cyber activities could amount to the use of force or armed attack within the meaning of the UN Charter and customary international law;
• Recognizes that states may exercise their inherent right of individual or collective self-defense in response to an armed attack through cyberspace.
27 May 2016
Other Documents
Chair's Report of the Meeting of the G7 Ise-Shima Cyber Group

• Note that States, their proxies and non-state actors are undertaking malicious cyber activity intended to undermine democratic process and institutions, as well to threaten critical infrastructure and the economic well-being of liberal democracies around the world;

• Recalled and reiterated the statements and commitments made in the G7 Lucca Declaration On Responsible State Behavior In Cyberspace, including in particular: the call for increased international cooperation on cyber security; the commitment to conflict prevention and the peaceful settlement of disputes; the applicability of existing international law and the promotion of voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace during peacetime; and the call upon all States to be guided in their use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) by the cumulative reports of the UN GGEs.

2018
G7 Fundamental Elements for Effective Assessment of Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector

• Follow-up on the 2016 G7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector;

• Promotes the effective practices outlined in the 2016 G7 Document by focusing on how well these practices are performed and assessed.

20 October 2017
G7 Fundamental Elements of Cybersecurity for the Financial Sector
Eight elements;
  1. Cybersecurity Strategy and Framework;
  2. Governance;
  3. Risk and Control Assessment;
  4. Monitoring;
  5. Response;
  6. Recovery;
  7. Information Sharing;
  8. Continuous Learning.
October 2016
Communications
G7 Statement on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
Committed to facilitating efforts by states to use nuclear materials or embark on nuclear power programs for civilian purposes in accordance with the highest standards of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation, and encourage these states to develop a nuclear governance culture that takes into account interfaces between nuclear safety, security and safeguards, as well as cyber threats.
2018
G7 Ise-Shima Leaders Declaration

• Supports an accessible, open, interoperable, reliable and secure cyberspace as one essential foundation for economic growth and prosperity;

• Endorses the G7 Principles and Actions on Cyber and commits to take decisive actions.

26-27 May 2017
G7 Declaration on Responsible States Behaviour in Cyberspace
• Committed to promoting a strategic framework for conflict prevention, cooperation and stability in cyberspace, the promotion of voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible State behavior during peacetime, and the development and the implementation of practical cyber confidence building measures between States;
• Note that States cannot escape legal responsiblity for internationally wrongful cyber acts by perpetrating them through proxies;
• States should cooperate in developing and applying measures to increase stability and security in the use of ICTs and to prevent ICT practices that are acknowledged to be harmful or that may pose threats to international peace and security;
• A State should not conduct or knowingly support ICT activity contrary to its obligations under international law that intentionally damages critical infrastructure or otherwise impairs the use and operation of critical infrastructure to provide services to the public;
• States should not conduct or knowingly support activity to harm the information systems of the authorized emergency response teams (sometimes known as computer emergency response teams or cybersecurity incident response teams) of another State. A State should not use authorized emergency response teams to engage in malicious international activity.
11 April 2017
Joint Declaration by G7 ICT Ministers
Outlines the following actions:
• Promoting access to ICT;
• Promoting and protecting the free flow of information;
• Fostering innovation;
• Using ICTs to address global challenges and opportunities;
• Strengthening comprehensive international cooperation and collaboration.
29-30 April 2016
Structure
Specialized Agencies
Ise-Shima Cyber Group
• G7 working group on cyber;
• Discussions on the current cybersecurity environment and how to promote international law, norms, confidence building measures and capacity building in order to increase stability and security in cyberspace.
14 October 2016 (first meeting)
Legislation
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Cooperation
Meetings
G7 ICT Ministers' Meeting
Discussions held over four sessions: (1) Innovation and economic growth brought by emerging ICTs; (2) The free flow of information and cybersecurity; (3) Using ICTs to address global challenges and opportunities; and (4) International cooperation and collaboration
29-30 April 2016