NCSC Chief: Clear Rules Needed to Prevent Cyberspace Conflict and Struggle

Last updated: January 18, 2024 Reading time: 2 minutes

A safe and secure digital world necessitates a clear definition and enforcement of international cyberspace rules, according to NCSC chief executive Lindy Cameron during a speech at Tel Aviv University’s Cyber Week.

According to Cameron, “we must be clearer about the guidelines and norms that transcend international borders” in order to keep the digital world a place of opportunity rather than conflict. The use of cutting-edge new technologies and increased international cooperation are two examples of this.

However, she acknowledged that cyberpowers are becoming more advanced. However, these tools must be produced and used “in a manner that is legal, responsible, and proportionate.”

A clear understanding of how and when cyber capabilities can be used is essential to reining in irresponsible cyber behaviour. The tightening of export controls by Israel on these tools, according to Cameron, “makes it far more difficult for nations with concerning records on privacy and human rights to acquire such intrusive spyware.”

There must be appropriate safeguards in place to prevent misuse of this technology and its capabilities by everyone involved, from developers to users, she said.

“Incredible” work by Ukraine’s cyber defenders during the ongoing conflict with Russia was also praised by Cameron in her speech. According to her, Russia has “consistently used cyber pressure to stress its rivals… to distract them and, where possible, to disable them.” The Ukrainian cyber defenders, on the other hand, have done an amazing job of repelling many of these attacks. True heroes, they are. To be successful, one must be resilient and well-prepared.

Cameron, on the other hand, believes that China will continue to pose the greatest long-term strategic challenge. Technology is being used by the Chinese government to exert pressure and maintain control. Exporting this vision is possible because of the country’s technological and economic prowess.”

As a result, countries that share liberal values must collaborate “to develop technologies and systems that allow us to avoid dependence on products not aligned with our values.”

In addition to national-state actors’ threats, Cameron reaffirmed previous statements about the growing threat of ransomware from cyber-criminal gangs. As ransomware-as-a-service continues to grow, so does the threat it poses to society, according to her. Because of this and the efforts of our law enforcement partners, we’ve spent the last year getting a better understanding of how ransomware works. As a result of our efforts, we hope to reduce profits and increase the risk to criminals. It’s important for us to understand the scale, nature, and evolution of their methods,” she said.


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