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Global norms on cyberspace elude UN forum

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Significance

The report has been praised for creating an inclusive platform for discussing malicious state behaviour in cyberspace, but it has failed to make any progress on how rules of international law apply to cyber operations.

Impacts

  • Russian and Chinese attacks against US federal agencies will harden the offensive US cyber posture towards these states.
  • Rising state-linked cyberattacks will require greater public-private cooperation on boosting national security.
  • Politicisation of IT supply chains will continue to deepen without international agreements on state behaviour in cyberspace.

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