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Internet Society Issues Statement on Developing Cyber Security Policy Initiatives

The Internet Society has released an announcement setting out its views on the development of policy to address the balance between security and privacy. From an Internet perspective and in the context of the growing threat vector from hacking, targeted cyber attacks on networks and individuals, and surveillance, the Internet Society's approach to the development of cyber security policy initiatives is based on the following key considerations:

  1. The essential need to ensure international cooperation and cross-border collaboration.
  2. The adoption of policies that are based on open technical standards. The Internet would not have had the explosive success it has had if the software that has driven its growth weren't easily adaptable for other purposes on the network. Security solutions that are developed within expert communities — the Internet Engineering Task Force being an example — are more likely to be effective and scalable, and consistent with the Internet's basic principles.
  3. The need to develop policies that are flexible enough to evolve over time. We know that the technology is going to change. The solutions need to be responsive to new challenges.
  4. The fundamental importance of developing policies using a multi-stakeholder model. This means that effective policies cannot be unilaterally created by government and that all stakeholders must work together.

Read the full statement here.


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