ICC Policy Primer on Cybersecurity

A policy primer highlighting key issues and challenges that business and society face in strengthening Internet security and responding to the large and growing range of cybersecurity threats.

The private sector has, and continues to assume significant roles and responsibilities in the development of information communication technologies (ICTs). As the representative of 45 million companies of all sizes and sectors in over 100 countries, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is committed to ensuring that digital technologies work for everyone, every day, everywhere, in order to fully realise the potential of the digital economy and to safeguard proper functioning of critical infrastructures. While this was always an important goal, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic it is fundamental, as safe, secure and resilient digital networks are vital to maintain the proper functioning of our economies and societies and protect lives and livelihoods across the globe.

ICC works with governments and businesses worldwide to build a common understanding of what constitutes a robust cybersecurity policy given the proliferation/ever increasing tide of attacks and best practices in order to foster a more secure Internet for businesses and users.

With a hundred-year history of developing globally recognised applicable rules by convening experts and practitioners, ICC considers it essential that businesses and governments have a shared understanding of how to conceptualise cybersecurity risks, targets, impacts, and responses, including national and international laws and norms. While governments and business have different roles in addressing cybersecurity, they are mutually reinforcing.

This policy primer highlights some of the main issues and challenges that businesses and society are facing.

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