The Fragmented Securitization of Cyber Threats

  • Agnes KasperEmail author


Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing national security issues nowadays. Cyber threats reached truly global scales, cyber attacks that potentially or actually cause physical damage are on the rise, and securing critical infrastructures against cyber incidents is seen as a priority by many. Virtually every national cybersecurity strategy points out the importance of the international cooperation in this field, and there have been initiatives for a global cybersecurity treaty as well. Although a number of national and regional policy and legal instruments exist in this field, the conclusion of a truly international treaty remains a highly controversial topic. The aim of this chapter is to identify the factors that make such a global cybersecurity treaty (un)viable. It will begin with an overview of the history of cybersecurity and its early securitization process by the USA and Russia, and then, the focus will shift to the present strategic approaches and responses.


Information Security Critical Infrastructure Domain Name System Shanghai Cooperation Organization Information Warfare 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tallinn Law SchoolTallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia

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