What governments around the world are doing to increase cybersecurity?

The internet doubtlessly plays a major role in expanding globalization and building multinational interactions. For businesses, it also enabled new practices that once seemed remote such as e-commerce and financial trading. Yet, the global network built up by the internet is complex and hard to track.

Data breaches and cyber-attacks usually do not happen where the criminals are based. Fraudsters are able to perform hacks in basically anywhere around the world, which makes cyber security an issue worrying for all countries.

US President Donald Trump placed cyber security as a top priority in his administration. In fact, at the start of February, the President drafted a new cybersecurity order, which calls for a review of strengths and weaknesses in systems of federal agencies. The order has recently been signed off showing the support of other American authorities regarding cyber security.

In China, a law from last November coming into force in June 2017, provides the government with great powers over monitoring companies data and hardware. The Chinese government wants internet firms to cooperate with the state’s criminal investigations. The new law also requires that companies show that their systems are capable of combating hacks.

In February, recognizing that cyber security is a global issue, the Dutch government has launched an international cyber security strategy. According to the NL Times, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, has prepared a new special team of diplomats with the mission to reinforce the ‘online rules of behaviour between countries.’ Koenders wants the Netherlands to take a leading role in building stronger cyber defenses in the NATO alliance.