Possibilities and Limits of Cooperative Security in Cyberspace
3rd part of our digital dicussion series "Cyberwarfare - Cyberpeacebuilding: On a Search for a Cooperative Security Architecture Cyberspace"
The cyberspace is increasingly marked by a digital arms race. The number of states that run active military cyber programs has grown in recent years. Cyber-attacks and digital disinformation campaigns have become more sophisticated and numerous. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the accelerated digitalization in almost all areas of life, the destructive potentials of cyber conflicts seem to have grown even further.
The international rules-based order is clearly showing various signs of erosion and great power competition is on the rise. The cyberspace is not exempted from this global trend. However, taking the conclusion of two multi-annual UN experts forums on cyber security in Spring 2021 (the OWEG and the UNGEE) as an occasion – we would nevertheless like to brainstorm proposals on how to move closer to a more cooperative security architecture in cyberspace. By this virtual discussion series, we aim to explore the different dimensions of cyber conflicts and elaborate on ideas of how the digital realm could become more stable and secure with the help of international cooperation.
Cyberspace is increasingly marked by a digital arms race. The number of states that run active military cyber programs has grown in recent years. Cyber-attacks and digital disinformation campaigns have become more sophisticated and numerous. Considering these developments, international efforts to regulate the digital domain aiming for de-escalation and stabilization are lacking behind. Since cyber conflicts are inherently transnational and cross-border phenomena, it is difficult to envision long-term mitigation without some degree of international cooperation. But although the UNGGE recommendations of 2015 and several other high-ranking initiatives working on cyber norms have provided in recent years a solid framework for future cooperative efforts, an international arrangement that would at least rudimentarily resemble an arms control agreement is nowhere at sight in the cyber domain. The purpose of this workshop session is to elaborate on the limits and the potentials of a future cooperative security architecture in the digital domain with a particular focus on the lack of political will.
Elena CHERNENKO, Special Correspondent for Cybersecurity, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, Kommersant Newspaper and Board Member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Relations and the Council of the PIR-Center, Moscow
Regine GRIENBERGER, Ambassador for Cyber Foreign Policy, German Foreign Office, Berlin
Christopher PAINTER, President, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, Member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Washington D.C.
Christian REUTER, Professor for Computer Science, Technical University of Darmstadt and Head of PEASEC (Science and Technology for Peace and Security), Darmstadt
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