Cybersecurity Issue Brief #2: Implementing norms and rules for states and international cooperation

  • 31 March 2022

ICC Cybersecurity Issue Brief #2

The cyberspace is an intrinsic part of the development of every country, creating enormous opportunities and enabling everything from distance learning to innovation and economic efficiencies. This paper offers concrete recommendations to encourage the international community to take action to ensure the cyberspace is safe and secure for all.

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Given the destructive consequences of cyberattacks on a global scale, policy agendas are dominated by conversations around safety and security in cyberspace, whether considering the development of new, and the implementation of existing cyber norms and rules, or establishing effective solutions to curb cybercrime. Such dialogues encourage a cohesive global approach to curbing cyberthreats and enhancing global security and stability.

Business considers it imperative for the international community to come together to ensure such conversations inspire concrete action to halt the growing trend of cyberthreats on businesses, communities and governments worldwide.

The time has come to move forward with the implementation of many years of diplomatic discussions and negotiations in international and regional fora. This Issue Brief offers concrete recommendations on how to do so, in two major areas:

  1. fostering urgent, large-scale and effective implementation of the widely agreed existing norms and rules for state behaviour in cyberspace, by setting shared Cyber Development Goals; and
  2. reaching common understanding on international rules on cybercrime and facilitating cooperation.