Thursday, April 28, 2011

Russia-U.S. Bilateral on Cybersecurity: Critical Terminology Foundations

On Wednesday April 27, the EastWest Institute and the Information Security Institute released the first joint Russian-American report to define critical terms for cyber and information security.

Prepared by a team of Russian and U.S. experts convened by EWI, Critical Terminology Foundations presents twenty terms – the basis for an international cyber taxonomy.

“It may seem like a small step, but Russians and Americans have never before sat down and really agreed on the terms that are the prerequisite for rules of the road for cyber conflict,” says EWI Chief Technology Officer Karl Rauscher who led the process with Valery Yaschenko, Director of the Information Security Institute at Moscow State University. “Defining terms together is the first step for creating international cybersecurity agreements.”

According to experts on the team, several bodies have sponsored efforts to create a U.S.-Russian cyber glossary for over a decade, but they stalled out on the definition of an essential first term: cybersecurity itself. Unlike Americans, Russians saw cybersecurity as an inextricable part of a larger discussion on information security. In the EWI-led process, the group resolved this difference by consciously addressing “cyber” as a crucial subset of “information.”


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