Worldwide, leaders of powerful countries have emphasized awareness on cybersecurity. The leaders took this stance primarily because cybercrime associated with terrorism has spawned affecting administration. We have witnessed the rising state-sponsored cyber-terrorism from across the globe. No matter where it began, most of the powerful countries are using it as a sophisticated cyber-weapon to hit their rival nations and disrupt their governance. Therefore, cybersecurity is no longer the responsibility of individual nations but a shared responsibility of the like-minded nations.
A recent survey of governments, businesses, and individuals in the US, China, Russia, and India discovered that more than 88% of the respondents believe that cyberspace threats are significant. Although, several respondents are comfortable with their online activities, a staggering 69% of them aren’t still comfortable with sharing their identity and personal data online. This groundwork alludes the appalling state of the cybersecurity space. The increasing trust deficit among the nations calls for a revamped law on the lines of Global Warming that addresses the concerns of the international cybersecurity.
Collaborative approach for securing the systems
The author of Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness couldn’t have put this better, “As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace.” Powerful countries like the US, EU, Russia, China etc. can’t afford to look cybersecurity exclusively but collectively. Internet has provided opportunities for numerous small, medium and large businesses to grow and thrive in the 21st century. However, the limited resources available in the cybersecurity domain deters small businesses from keeping pace with other giants. The speed at which technology is outpacing the current security is incredible. Therefore, without better security awareness and planning, it is difficult for individual entities to continue blocking cyberattacks. This calls for a collaborative cybersecurity strategy, formed with the association of countries across the globe, to tackle the menace.
Cybersecurity is an ecosystem
Cybersecurity, worldwide, is still viewed as an exclusive, detached domain that needs less cooperation among organizations and nations. However, this is far from the truth and cybersecurity can’t be achieved without bringing organizations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation on the same page. The Global Cybersecurity Index tells us the defense capabilities in 134 countries, which focuses on five crucial factors: technical, organizational, legal, cooperation and growth potential. Alarmingly, the data shows several developing nations lack well-trained cybersecurity experts. Global leaders must unite in this effort to create a sort of constructive, cooperative cybersecurity treaty that ensures all countries including the developing nations have a national strategy in place and these policies are a result of leveraging the collective expertise of infosec pioneers, from around the world.