By Sean Costigan
May 19, 2022

The U.S. and its allies have a chance to finally mainstream cybersecurity, placing it alongside other foreign policy priorities. Such mainstreaming has advantages that have traditionally played to the strengths of democracies: the building of alliances and public-private partnerships to help secure growth, predictability, and fair outcomes.

To bring the global system to a higher plane of security, governments will have to pursue all available routes, which should include allying, convening, partnering, regulating, fining, and ultimately not tolerating poorly secured products or reckless state behavior. With so much uncertainty and the growing need for security against determined adversaries, much is at stake.

Sean S. Costigan is the Director of ITL Security and a Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He is an expert in emerging security challenges and a sought-after speaker on matters of technology and national security.

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