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The legal battle against cyber crooks should be national, not global


The legal battle against cyber crooks should be national, not global

IbyIMD+ Published 28 November 2022 in Magazine • 6 min read • Audio availableAudio available

While the temptation exists to create an overarching international framework to combat cyber-risks, it is nation states that must be in the vanguard, argues Edite Ligere


In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, there was much discussion about creating global regulatory standards to stop a repetition of the devastation wreaked on financial systems. Gordon Brown, the British prime minister at the time, argued in a landmark speech two years later for a “new global order”, maintaining that “only a truly international response – in policy and governance” could be effective in preventing future crashes.

In today’s digital world, it is tempting to make a similar case for cyber-risk: that creating a global governance framework would help to stop bad actors damaging government institutions and holding businesses to ransom.

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