Global Politics, Law and International Relations
Edited by Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann and Kilian Vieth
Chapter 7: ‘This is not a drill’: international law and protection of cybersecurity
Ransomware attacks demonstrated multiple vulnerabilities of today’s technological societies that are caused by a number of factors, including companies who fail to provide updates, secret services that stockpile vulnerabilities, and states that do not force essential service providers to ensure that their systems are stable and secure. Against this background and in light of the overwhelming importance of the Internet for states, business and society, this chapter demonstrates how cybersecurity, as a prerequisite for a reliably functioning and secure Internet, has become a global community interest which needs protection. The chapter concludes that international law fully applies to the Internet, including with regard to regulating cybersecurity, and establishes cybersecurity-related rights and obligations for different stakeholders, based, inter alia, on general principles and custom.
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