Cybersecurity and the Global Village

Concerns about disparities cybersecurity standards in the international community are causing some American security experts to advocate for a harmonization of security standards among nations.

Allan Friedman, a fellow and research director at the Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation warns in a research paper that “…a lack of coordination and cooperation regarding cyber security among nation states could…undermine the security of the global cyber environment.”

Friedman suggests than in order to avoid what he refers to as the ‘ghetto problem’, wealthy nations should help economically challenged nations to improve their security. Additionally, Friedman is calling for ‘international harmonized security standards’. However, some experts in the industry are skeptical that these solutions are politically viable. There is also concern that competing national interests may prevent cyber cooperation among nations.