Presented at the Paris Peace Forum, the GCSC report features a cyberstability framework and recommendations at a critical juncture in the future of cyberspace
Paris, 12 November 2019 – The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) issued today its final report Advancing Cyberstability, as part of a panel held at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum. Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, and David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, launched the report and placed the findings in the context of ongoing global efforts to enhance international security in cyberspace. Commission Co-Chairs, Michael Chertoff and Latha Reddy, along with former Chair Marina Kaljurand, presented recommendations and commented on the strategic approach and work of the GCSC.
This report represents the culmination of the Commission’s work over the last three years, offering a cyberstability framework, principles, norms of behavior, and recommendations for the international community and wider ecosystem.
“Earlier this year, 28 EU-member states backed a framework for sanctions targeting malicious cyber activities. Today, the GCSC consolidates a set of norms and principles for behavior of state and non-state actors. This is an important contribution to a digital space in which order and peace must prevail,” commented Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, a co-founder of the GCSC. “Since stability in cyberspace is directly linked with stability in the ‘real world,’ such a cyberstability framework is more crucial than ever. The next step in this multilateral process is to collect evidence and hold those who break the rules responsible. Together we must increase accountability and combine all pieces of the puzzle, between governments, tech and security firms, and civil society.”
The work of the Commission originated out of a desire to address rising social and political instability as a result of malicious actions in cyberspace. The situation has further deteriorated as evidenced by the rise in the number and sophistication of cyber attacks by state and non-state actors, which increasingly puts the considerable benefits of cyberspace at risk. In this increasingly volatile environment, there is an apparent lack of mutual understanding and awareness among communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. With this report, the GCSC seeks to contribute to international efforts to address these challenges
“Cyberstability and governance are inextricably and naturally linked,” added Michael Chertoff, GCSC Co-Chair. “As the digital age evolves so rapidly, governments and societies lack the desired level of exchange, let alone the decision-making processes needed to ensure the stability of cyberspace. The GCSC’s effort complements the work of other organizations, and will serve to influence how critical actors can engage with one another and collaborate towards a stable cyberspace.”
Emphasizing a concerted, multistakeholder approach, the framework reflects technological, product and operational measures, as well as a focus on behavioral change required among all stakeholders.
“The publication of this final report is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new profound effort toward implementing the suggested principles, norms, and recommendations,” stated Latha Reddy, GCSC Co-Chair. “The onus is on all stakeholders—governments, industry, civil society—to collaborate, adopt and implement accepted practices to help strengthen cyberstability. The stakes are higher than ever, which dictates a response in kind.”
Following the release, the GCSC members will continue to advocate and engage with their respective communities. Input and feedback from these groups were reflective of interactions with both state and non-state experts and will form the basis of advocating for the report going forward.
Global Commission hosted lunch session during UN Open-Ended Working Group Intersessional Consultative Meeting
On 2 December 2019, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) hosted a lunch session “Advancing Cyberstability: from Formulation to Implementation”. It took place in the context of the intersessional consultative meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG).
The Chair of the OEWG invited interested parties – namely business, non-governmental organizations and academia – to the informal consultative meeting in New York to share their views on the issues within the OEWG’s mandate. The GCSC used this lunch session on the margins of the OEWG meeting as an opportunity to update the participants on its activities and present its proposals for advancing cyberstability. It is also a significant opportunity to bring in the perspectives of the Commission and other stakeholder groups into the ongoing discussions of the OEWG, a process aimed at achieving similar objectives within the multilateral context of the UN First Committee.
The session featured discussions on matters pertaining to international peace and security in cyberspace and Commissioners provided advanced insights into the GCSC report “Advancing Cyberstability”, launched by a ministerial panel on 11 November 2019 at the Paris Peace Forum.
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