The real cybersecurity challenge is to keep security

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The real cybersecurity challenge is to keep security handling simple, effective and effi- cient at national and international levels. Without the will to integrate all components of a security system using a systemic approach, security solutions will not be able to correctly protect a distributed and ever- more mobile ICT infrastructure. It is illusory to think that technological or legal solutions will compensate for design or management errors whether they occur at a strategic, tactical, or operational level. The legal and technological world must be in harmony. Technology is not neutral, nor is the law. Let us make it such that their development follows economic develop- ment, and that they become a driving force for the economy. Increasing awareness is fundamental but not sufficient to fight against cybercrime Increasing awareness among all information society actors and stakeholders is fundamen- tal but not sufficient to fight against cybercrime. Usual security policy prevention meas- ures consist on raising the overall level of risk taken by criminals and by deceasing profitable expectations. That implies capacities to detect criminals’ activities over the Internet, to localize, to identify and pursue criminals. To achieve it, complementary legal, organizational and technical measures and resources should exit and be efficient at local and international levels. As criminal’s exploits Internet vulnerabilities, less weaknesses should contribute to decrease criminal opportunities. That means that is necessary to improve and enforce information technologies ro- bustness and information security technical, procedural and organisational measures. Doing that, the level of difficulty of an attacks is augmented and the related cost in terms of efforts, means and know how needed to perpetrate an illicit action is increased. All in
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19 all, a global, comprehensive and integrative information security approach will contrib- ute to reduce information society threats and risks. Today, a relative deficiency still exists of: x A global and well understanding culture of cybersecurity for all the actors of the information society; x Adequate legal, organisational and technical measures; x International cooperation to fight against cybercrime and enforce ICT infrastructures security. It points out urgent requirements present at international, regional and national levels, to resolve the capacity building problem in order to obtain confidence and security in the use of ICTs, as identified by the World Summit on the Information Society 7 (Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005) and by the Global Cybersecurity Agenda ITU’s initiative launched on World Telecommunication and Information Society day 2007 by Dr Hamadoun Touré Secretary-General of ITU. 8 In a global protection strategy, fighting cybercrime effectively involves: x Increasing the level of effort the criminal has to make to perpetrate a crime by the use of effective technical and procedural cybersecurity measures; x
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  • Spring '12
  • Kushal Kanwar
  • Law, .........

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