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The world needs new cybersecurity standards

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The world needs new cybersecurity standards

A proactive approach and international cooperation is the only way to achieve cyber security in the world (photo: CC0 Public Domain)

The global community of information security professionals has called for the creation of new cybersecurity standards, based on recently published research in the field.

The Association of Certified Cybersecurity Professionals (ISC) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) have released a new research report titled Global Approaches to Cyber ​​Policy, Law and Regulation, which highlights the growing need for more standardization and collaboration amid rapidly evolving are cybersecurity policies and regulations around the world.

The report reviews cybersecurity legislation and regulations in Canada, the European Union, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, identifying various challenges shaping cyber policy. These problems include:

  • shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals;
  • critical national infrastructure (CNI) complexity;
  • international cooperation to develop cyberspace norms.

Based on the conclusions of the analyses, the report highlights the importance of cooperation between all private and public stakeholders, as well as the tendency for politicians to increasingly seek to harmonize cyber policies.

Key role of cooperation

A good example is Singapore. There, the digital economy and the corresponding cyber ecosystem continue to expand rapidly. Although the country is recognized as the author of the most sophisticated regulations and policies for cyber security, Singapore has experienced a large number of cyber attacks in recent years. In 2021, the Cyber ​​Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) reported a 54% year-on-year increase in the number of ransomware cases.

“While the report identifies a number of trends in the cyber policy landscape, the obligations that different jurisdictions impose to increase cyber resilience are quite different,” said Pia Hsh, Research Analyst for Technology and National Security at RUSI. “Therefore, there is a need to better understand which policies are effective in increasing cyber resilience and how they impact businesses and the cyber workforce.”

For the time being, policymakers seem to be acting reactively to cyber threats, adds Claire Rosseau, chief executive of the (ISC). “They need to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity policies and rely on effective cross-border collaboration as well as partnership across industries and sectors to establish common standards, protocols and best practices.”

Another need outlined as pressing in the report is the need for greater harmonization between policymakers, cybersecurity professionals and all other stakeholders. This need becomes extremely intense to address the pressing cyber defense challenges of 2023 and beyond.

“To protect our national security, economy, critical infrastructure, and citizens’ data and privacy, we need consistent, strong, forward-looking, and unified policies that enable cybersecurity professionals around the world to remain perfectly focused on the most -the critical aspects of their work,” Rossouw sums up.

Trends

What we should expect in the near future in the world of cyber defense includes several trends:

More regulations to come. Organizations must prepare now so they are not too late. No country is immune to cybersecurity skills shortages and labor shortages. Different countries try to deal with this problem through different measures, for example, by financing specialized training programs, attracting highly qualified specialists from abroad, forming special visa programs.

Global standardization is critical and full international cooperation is needed to protect and uphold ethical principles and standards. In this regard, the cyber security working groups of major international political-economic associations, such as the UN, ASEAN, etc., will play a key role.

Strengthening critical infrastructure will be a top priority for all jurisdictions, with a focus on building interconnectivity and blurring state borders.

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