Over the past decade, billions around the world have benefited from the exponential growth of the online environment and associated economic opportunities. However, this pervasive use of computing has also given rise to the more nefarious elements of the criminal underworld. As a result, cybersecurity is now a major concern for organizations and the global…Read more Global cybersecurity policy: Finding a balance between security and competitiveness
Earlier this year the New America Foundation organized its annual “Cybersecurity for a new America” Summit. This year’s focus was on shaping the cybersecurity of the future. Speakers tackled the evolution of cyberspace and the implications for cybersecurity. They explored and examined questions such as How will we secure growing networks of cars, health devices…Read more What will cybersecurity look like in the next decade?
Last year Microsoft put forward six cybersecurity norms with the aim of reducing conflict in cyberspace and protecting global trust in technology. They offer considerations for limiting nation-state activity against commercial, mass-market ICT; responsible handling of ICT vulnerabilities and cyber weapons; appropriate conduct of offensive operations in cyberspace; and support for private sector management of…Read more Cybersecurity norms: From concept to implementation
After three years of intense negotiations, the EU finally reached agreement on the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive this past December. Politically, all that remains to be done is for the text to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in the coming months. Then Member States will…Read more What’s Next for EU Cybersecurity after the NIS Agreement?
Japan is poised to take exciting steps towards improving cybersecurity in 2016. A confluence of events in 2015 catalyzed important actions from the Government of Japan action. A key wakeup call was the May Japan Pension Service Hack, which brought home the realization that as personal information is increasingly stored online, it also needs to…Read more Japan zeros in on cybersecurity
Last month, my team launched a new white paper, “International Cybersecurity Norms, Reducing conflict in an Internet-dependent world” at the EastWest Institute’s 2014 Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit in Berlin. In the paper we explained the unique cyber risks posed by nation states’ offensive activities, and how these risks could escalate – perhaps unintentionally – to…Read more Six Proposed Norms to Reduce Conflict in Cyberspace
Guest Blogger: Jan Neutze, Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Microsoft Around the world, governments are pursuing initiatives to protect their cyberspace, developing national cybersecurity strategies, considering information sharing incentives, and assessing baseline security protections. Two important initiatives with the potential to be impactful far beyond national borders have been unveiled in the European…Read more Positive steps on the road towards harmonization of global cybersecurity risk management frameworks
Guest Blogger: Aaron Kleiner Earlier this fall, I had the opportunity to visit India for the Observer Research Foundation’s (ORF) India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance, known informally as CyFy. Now in its second year, CyFy is an important opportunity to engage with cybersecurity and Internet governance experts from around the world. Microsoft…Read more Dispatch from Delhi: Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance
The Internet has by and large been a cause for good, driving economic growth across developed and emerging economies, connecting individuals and communities to previously unattainable services, and propelling innovation online, as well as offline. Today, all over the world public utilities, banks, and governments use the Internet, cloud services, and mobile technology to enhance…Read more Proposed Cybersecurity Norms to Reduce Conflict in an Internet-dependent World
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Strategies, Capacity Building and Legislative Initiatives: Cybersecurity Policy Development Battles Through “Tumultuous Teens”
Over the past two months, I have travelled around Europe and Africa far more than I have been at home. So have many of my colleagues. And while I wish wanderlust was the primary driver for our travels, the travel has been driven by a growing regional interest in developing effective long-term cybersecurity policy strategies…Read more Strategies, Capacity Building and Legislative Initiatives: Cybersecurity Policy Development Battles Through “Tumultuous Teens”
Microsoft’s Perspective on the Cybersecurity Framework: Next Steps for Incentives and International Harmonization
Over the past several weeks, I’ve visited several national capitals to address cybersecurity concerns with policymakers and industry leaders. One shared challenge facing governments and critical sectors worldwide is the need for a common baseline of cybersecurity risk management guidance that can be utilized by organizations at different levels of sophistication. Often, these discussions turn…Read more Microsoft’s Perspective on the Cybersecurity Framework: Next Steps for Incentives and International Harmonization
Posted by Paul Nicholas & Cristin Goodwin Senior Director, Global Security & Diplomacy and Senior Attorney, Legal & Corporate Affairs Over the past decade, citizens around the world have been witness to an urban renaissance. For the first time in history, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in urban settings and it is…Read more Cybersecurity in the age of cities