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The Quest for Cyber Confidence

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This book addresses the increasingly daunting task of building confidence in the use of cyber platforms and technologies against a backdrop of recent high-profile security breach incidents and a plethora of emerging threats that have shaken trust in these essential tools of our time. It follows publication of The Quest for Cyber Peace in 2009, which focuses on the promotion of cyber peace in a sphere which has generated tremendous benefits and progress to mankind, but also spawned widespread criminal activities and created new avenues for intelligence gathering, industrial espionage, and conflict. Necessarily, this volume returns to these issues revolving around the overriding theme of the use of the cyber domain as a potent force for either good or evil, especially the impact of the ‘dark’ Internet on trust in the cyber dimension. Here, however, its central theme promotes the concept of cyber confidence.

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The Quest for Cyber Confidence

This chapter presents an overview of the challenges and current efforts under way to define a set of norms, principles and best practices for cybersecurity at the international level. Emerging threats from espionage to warfare-like attacks and the multi-stakeholder, transnational, and technical nature of the Internet present an unusual field for States in cyberspace: national governments face a domain over which they usually have only tangential control, but in relation to which they are increasingly compelled to protect their citizens, especially as regards their human rights. Some comprehensive regional and a limited number of global efforts are currently being made towards establishing common, basic norms that aim to attain such protection.

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