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Never-Ending Pursuit of Global Cybersecurity Cooperation

Experts Display Skepticism on IT Security Matters
Never-Ending Pursuit of Global Cybersecurity Cooperation

Pardon the mixed metaphors: When adding up the numbers, experts paint a gloomy picture of global cybersecurity.

The EastWest Institute issued a report this week on its IT security conference held last spring in Dallas (see International Cybersecurity Cooperation Requires Baby Steps), and a poll of participants suggests that the global challenges of cybersecurity are tough ones:

    61% anticipate the impact of losing global connectivity for an extended period of time to be catastrophic with irreversible consequences;
    66% say a treat on cyber warfare is needed now or is overdue;
    66% think home users need to take more responsibility for cybersecurity;
    66% view their government's maturity as low regarding international cooperation in cybersecurity;
    69% doubt their country could defend against a sophisticated cyber attack; and
    70% believe that international policies and regulations are far behind technology advances.

According to the Institute report, Protecting the Digital Economy: The First Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in Dallas, the current approach to cybersecurity is limited:

"We left with the clear impression it could take years to arrive at a global treaty on cybersecurity, since many states are not ready for it - and perhaps never will be."

The solution, the report suggests: Voluntary agreements in the private sector and international standards as avenues to change.

"The best approach is to target concrete, specific problems while speaking to the big issues."

About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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