International And Domestic Law Are Not Perfect Instruments For Fight Against Cyberattacks

1425 Words Nov 11th, 2016 6 Pages
International and domestic law are not perfect instruments to fight against cyberattacks, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents and weapons, terrorism finance, or terrorism in general, the private sector and civilian population has to be involved. This is because the nature of these unconventional attacks, coupled with the impossibilities of “perfect security” only allows for a balancing of risk that can be achieved through a redundancy approach to managing these threats. The balancing of risk is optimal when the domestic and international law, the private sector, and the civilian population are working in tandem. The first section of this paper will define a realistic goal of security. The second section will explain the uniqueness of the threats mentioned above. The third section will explain why a redundancy approach is necessary for combating the uniqueness of the threats mentioned above. Followed by a brief summary and the highlighting of the significance to this argument.
The notion of “perfect security” has to be dispelled as something that is both impossible and impracticable. Risk can only be managed, not eliminated, even when it comes to non-natural threats such as cyberattacks and CBRN agents and weapons. The best that policy planners can realistically do is anticipate likely problems, prepare a flexible response to things that might happen (preparedness), minimize the costs if the worst happens (prevention) and maximize the government’s…

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