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Expert Voices: Challenges in Creating Cybersecurity Policy

March 22, 2016


Jessica L. Beyer

In October 2015, the Jackson School hosted a panel focused on cybersecurity norms and challenges. At the event, two of the panel speakers—Paul Nicholas from Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing and Jessica Beyer from the Jackson School—reflected on current cybersecurity challenges.

Paul Nicholas, the Senior Director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, discussed many of the challenges in creating international cybersecurity policy with a particular focus on the tensions between the public and private sectors. His comments can be viewed in the following video.

Jessica Beyer, Jackson School International Policy Institute Cybersecurity Postdoctoral Fellow, also discussed the challenges in creating international cybersecurity norms, with a particular focus on the major sticking points to finding international agreement around appropriate behavior in cyberspace. Her comments can be viewed in the following video.

The discussion begun at the conference in October has continued through the IPI’s Cybersecurity Initiative Working Group. The working group has been meeting since October and includes partners from local organizations such as Microsoft, Boeing, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Amazon, and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. In addition, members of the working group will be presenting their work at a cybersecurity conference in Washington D.C. on May 12, 2016.

This event and publication were made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.