The Year of Mainstream Cybersecurity

The following is excerpted from 2017: The Year Cybersecurity Went Mainstream, a recent article by William H. Saito published on World Economic Forum.

Last year saw a huge increase in cyber-related incidents, including big data breaches, physical infrastructure tampering, Internet of Things (IoT) devices turning on their owners, ransomware, and even allegations of election hacking that captured the public’s attention.

Sometimes it seems there’s no way that enterprises and governments can effectively stop the rising tide of cyberattacks. The good news is, along with the launch of a global cybersecurity watchdog, stakeholders are now discussing these issues in major international forums that until recently were neither digitally focused nor multistakeholder in nature.

The inaugural meeting of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) was held last month, an event that was long in the making. The GCSC isn’t just another acronym. It’s the first organization of its kind dedicated to bringing together stakeholders and proposing norms for the security of cyberspace.

It comes after the successful 2014 launch of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG), which has issued recommendations on various issues including cybersecurity, online privacy and access to the internet. GCIG chair Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden and a veteran international diplomat, is also serving as senior advisor to the new GCSC, adding to its weight and momentum.

I was honoured to be selected as a GCSC commissioner and want to highlight the creation of the commission, because, as I’ve said many times, actionable dialogue among stakeholders is key to improving cybersecurity.

Read the full article on weforum.org here.