How to Build it in the Digital Domain
5th 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.
Confidence Building Measures (CBMS) were in particular prominent between nuclear powers during the Cold War era. CBMS are meant to address, prevent, or resolve uncertainties among rivals in order to avert unwanted escalations and preserve fragile stability in times of intensified power competition. In recent years, CBMS were introduced into the cyber domain and several organizations – such as the OSCE, the African Union, the G7 or the G20 – gained experience with trust and confidence-building initiatives. Future efforts to establish a cooperative security architecture in cyberspace, will therefore most likely grant CBMS a prominent role. Against this background, it is the purpose of this workshop session to take stock of the CBMS lessons that were made in the past and elaborate on ideas on how these measures could be improved in the future within the cyber domain.
Jürgen ALTMANN, Lecturer/Researcher, Department of Physics at Technische Universität Dortmund, Co-Founder of the German Research Association for Science, Disarmament and International Security (FONAS), Dortmund/Germany
Erica BORGHARD, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Senior Director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, New York
Andreas KUEHN, Senior Fellow, Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative, Observer Research Foundation America (ORF America), San Francisco
Szilvia TÓTH, Cyber Security Officer, Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna
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