Rules for war and conduct in the air, at sea, and in space are well established, but there are no equivalents in cyberspace, says John Mroz, president and chief executive of the EastWest Institute (EWI).
“In the cyber world, basic trust is lacking between nations and even between the public and private sectors,” he told attendees of a security forum hosted in London by legal firm Field Fisher Waterhouse.
The problem, he says, is that technology and its use by criminals are advancing much faster than any agreements, standards, policies and recommendations aimed at providing assurances and resolving differences around communications.
But, he says, the EWI is working to get the attention and interest of the international community to find solutions to the problem.
The UK, which is the host nation of the EWI’s second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in June, is a member of the Cyber 40 group of nations collaborating on the first steps towards an international cyberspace policy.
Other members include China and Russia, which have both started engagement programmes with the EWI to build trust in relation to cyber security.