ICC Cybersecurity Issue Brief #2: Implementing norms and rules for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace and enhancing cooperation to counter cybercrime

To facilitate the implementation of the existing cybersecurity acquis (agreed norms and international law), a common implementation framework is needed. On the model of the Sustainable Development Goals, these could be thought of as the “Cyber Development Goals” (CDGs) that would define the necessary technical, legal and policy framework and capacities needed for implementation and inspire collective action. CDGs would primarily be a common capacity building instrument at the nation state level and would depend on states’ commitment to systematically track and report their progress on implementation.

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.
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