Title Beyond Cybersecurity: We should talk about cyberpeace Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Israel Public Policy Institute Media type Web Country/Territory Israel Date 03/06/2021 Description Cybersecurity is a complex concept. It essentially consists of the two terms ‘cyber’ and ‘security’, both of which are highly context-dependent. Cyber has its roots in the ancient Greek verb ‘kybereo’, which can be translated as to guide, steer, control, or govern. In the second half of the 20th century the emergence of ‘Cybernetics‘ has paved the way for automated process management, which is closely related to the development of information technology systems. From the 1950s onward, the adoption of cybernetics as a sort of meta-ideology has had considerable impact on global politics during the ‘Cold War’; while the Soviets hesitated to develop computers and decentralized information networks, the West has made this an essential element of economic and political hegemony. In that sense, there is an immediate connection between the cyber-domain and security. While cybersecurity has many dimensions, for the sake of simplification it can be broken down in three areas:
cybercrime; which is targeting individuals with malicious intent, through either cyber-dependent or cyber-enabled methods.
cyberespionage; which is targeting private or public institutions to access classified information, trade secrets or intellectual property.
cyberwarfare; which is the attack on a state population and infrastructure by units that are either controlled or tolerated by another government.
While these three categories have become increasingly relevant and blended over the last decades, the dependency on reliable information technology throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has made cybersecurity a top priority for political decision-makers in the United States and Europe. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that the issue of security in the digital domain will be solved with more funding and resources alone. If we want cyberspace to be a place for peaceful and sustainable cooperation, we need to frame its governance differently.
URL https://www.ippi.org.il/beyond-cybersecurity-we-should-talk-about-cyberpeace/ Persons Oskar Gstrein
- Internet Governance
- Human Dignity
- Human Rights