Why Cybersecurity Must Be an International Effort

In his keynote at Black Hat Europe, Chris Painter, the former and first-appointed cyber coordinator for the US State Department called for agreements across countries to improve government cybersecurity.

He emphasized the need for countries to deal collectively with the threats they have in common. Security issues are usually bigger than one country, he said, noting that conflict arises when different nations have different perceptions of how technology should be used.

As countries strengthen their cyber capabilities, Painter explained, they need a stable environment so the beneficial parts of cyber aren’t undermined by weak security. He said it’s time for nations to discuss cyber policies through the United Nations and multi-government organizations instead of going solo. International law applies in cyberspace, he said; it isn’t a “lawless space” where “anything goes.”

Read more about Chris Painter’s keynote at Black Hat Europe, held this week in London, on DarkReading.

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