The United States must articulate an approach that looks past the Open-Ended Working Group and the Group of Governmental Experts.
Elaine Korzak, LLM, PhD is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey where she leads the Cyber Initiative. She is an Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, where she was previously a fellow.
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This article proposes the creation of an international organization modeled after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide assistance and relief to vulnerable citizens and enterprises affected by serious cyberattacks. Companies that have signed onto the Tech Accord principles would form the core of the organization, thereby filling an important gap in an increasingly volatile geopolitical environment.
Over the holidays the UN General Assembly formally adopted this year’s resolution on information security. The text, which mandates the creation of a new Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) for 2016-2017, had already been approved in the First Committee, the General Assembly’s specialized committee dealing with international security and disarmament.
This week, the UN General Assembly considered a resolution mandating the creation of a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) for 2016-2017. The GGE will study existing and potential threats in the sphere of information security, as well as possible cooperative measures to address them. The resolution has already been approved in the First Committee, the General Assembly’s specialized committee dealing with international security and disarmament issues.
In late August the UN Secretariat published a consensus report adopted by the fourth Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security (GGE). The highly anticipated report is the result of a year of consultations among 20 countries looking at measures to promote stability and conflict prevention in cyberspace.