Political borders hamper global cyber defense efforts

Cyberspace is a global commons without international boundaries, but the political divisions of the real world hamper the defense of this shared resource, according to a new study of government and private sector IT officials, reports Government Computer News.

There is a lack of common standards of behavior, goals and even language in discussing the problems faced in cyberspace, according to the Cyber Defense Report released Jan. 30 by McAfee. As a result, threats are growing faster than the ability to counter them because of barriers to information sharing and cooperation that do not constrain adversaries of the U.S.

The report offers a number of recommendations for improving cooperation between governments and between the government and the private sector.

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