At a glance.
- Cyber professional standards in the UK.
- Calls for international cyber norms.
Cyber professional standards coming soon to the UK.
Digital Journal says London’s recently launched Cyber Security Council will establish professional standards for cybersecurity positions and facilitate accreditation, with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport. The Council will “promote excellence in the profession,” according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology, by means of four “pillars”:
- “Professional Development
- “Outreach and Diversity in Cyber Security to Develop the Next Generation
- “Professional Ethics
- “Thought Leadership and Influence”
President Biden calls for international cyber norms.
US President Biden charged Washington and allies with setting “the rules that will govern the advance of technologies and the norms of behavior in cyberspace, artificial intelligence, [and] biotechnology, so they are used to lift people up,” FCW and The Hill report. The Washington Post and MSSP Alert say Chinese corporations’ opacity, Russian “recklessness,” and the united front necessary to combat them were themes of his message at the virtual 2021 Munich Security Conference.
The Record notes that cyber norms have been a topic of discussion at the UN since 1998, achieving a “breakthrough” in 2015, and losing steam since. Private sector leaders along with representatives from Paris, Canberra, and Tallinn echoed the President’s renewed call for norms at a virtual Chamber of Commerce event this week, while marking the “challenge of enforcement.” Participants variously recommended using the EU’s Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox as a model, linking public attribution to the norms violated, and linking retaliatory measures to the norms violated. A Microsoft representative cautioned, however, “Technology is very fast, and international laws and diplomacy are not.”
The Washington Post observes that US responses to recent Russian and North Korean mischief could set the tone for the next several years. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said two goals of the Pyongyang investigations were “creating norms for nation state behavior in cyberspace” and "warning other countries who may be thinking of engaging in that kind of behavior.”