U.S., Russian Officials Work to Define Cybersecurity Terms

The Cold War ended more than two decades ago, but Russia and the U.S. are still rivals. Now the two countries have agreed to some rules of the road for the next theater of conflict: cyber warfare.

The Cold War ended more than two decades ago, but Russia and the U.S. are still rivals. Now the two countries have agreed to some rules of the road for the next theater of conflict: cyber warfare.

The two countries have released the first ever Critical Terminology Foundations – a kind of rules of the road for resolving cyber security conflicts, according to a publication by the EastWest Institute’s Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative and Moscow State University’s Information Security Initiative.

The report, Critical Terminology Foundations, was devised by a group of security officials from Russia and the U.S., is available in PDF format here. U.S. contributors include representatives from Northrop Grumman, Microsoft and George Washington University.

The joint agreement is broken down into three separate areas, The Theatre, The Modes of Aggravation and The Art, wherein they define “cyber crime,” “cyber war” and naturally, “cyber security.” Its s authors expect it will form a foundation for future agreements and serve as “a reference for other nation-states.”

Find the full report here.

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