Mandia: Tipping Point Now Here for Rules of Cyber Engagement

The article by Kelly Jackson Higgins was published on 05.10.2018 in Dark Reading.

Kevin Mandia believes cybersecurity has reached a critical juncture globally.

“My gut is everyone is escalating in cyber. It feels different now,” said the CEO of FireEye in an interview this week about current nation-state hacking activity. “We’re going to have to do something, have some kind of international dialogue.”

That means either the United Nations or NATO taking the lead and drawing the “red lines” of cyber engagement. “People say it’s too hard to define a red line; what is too far? But is it?” Shutting down a utility would be an obvious line crossed, he said.

Nations have to “sit down and talk” about cyber norms, he added.

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) at The Hague, meanwhile, in September outlined five new norms of responsible behavior on the Net, with the goal of governments, companies, and other organizations adopting them as policy and law. Among the proposed norms are ones that call for curbing botnet creation and offensive cyber operations by nation-states.

“They’ve got the right idea,” Mandia said.

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