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G20: Governing The Internet

10 May 2011

Ian Brown, a Professor at the OII, discusses the findings of his OECD report on systemic global cybersecurity risk. According to Brown, despite the Internet’s role as a critical information infrastructure, cybersecurity threats pose significantly less risk compared to global pandemics and the financial system as a whole. He then explains how a potential cybersecurity threat can take any of five forms: cybergraffiti, cyberfraud, cyberterror, cyberwar, and cyberespionage. Brown concludes by encouraging intergovernmental organizations to share best practices regarding cybersecurity risk, better coordinate their work on the topic, and also persuade as many countries as possible to participate and sign the relevant conventions.