Cybersecurity: Global risks and new efforts in international cooperation

Parliamentary Briefing of the IFSH in Berlin

Criminal cyber-attacks have become one of the greatest security threats, with potentially enormous economic as well as dramatic socio-political consequences. In order to contain these risks, UN diplomats are negotiating a global convention against cybercrime.

In this context, the international cybersecurity experts at the IFSH and the Berlin office organized a briefing for members of parliament and their staff. On 21 February, Dr Mischa Hansel, head of the research focus “International Cybersecurity” at the IFSH, presented first results of a new study on the societal and international implications of cybercrime. Felix Kroll, Deputy Head of the Cyber Foreign Policy Coordination Staff at the Federal Foreign Office, offered first-hand insight into the goals, chances and risks of the ongoing UN negotiations.