There are three central issues with which the international legal community must grapple as the debate continues, says James Lewis, the project director of the Commission on Cybersecurity of the 44th Presidency, which issued its report this week. Each country might have different answers, but the questions will be universal.
- At what point does a cyberattack constitute an act of war or a violation severe enough to justify a response?
- How do we protect the civil liberties of the Internet-using public while improving security?
- Which legal authorities will assume responsibility for investigating a cyberattack—the intelligence community, the military, or law enforcement?
The debate over codifying cyberattacks, Lewis points out, echoes some debates over terrorism, including whether it should primarily be a law enforcement or military concern and how to respond to attacks by state-sponsored actors.
- Read about the recent cyberattack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
- Read more about the cybersecurity commission.
- Read more about terrorism.