The United States and China need to forge an agreement restricting cyberattacks and designating some areas as out of bounds to hacking, say former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. "At some point, we are going to have to develop a context in which we can actually discuss this and ... draw some red lines around areas that we don't want them into and they might not want us into," Huntsman says.
Kissinger and Huntsman's calls for a cyberdetente come after a spate of recent intrusions on major U.S.-based institutions. These breaches spurred the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to advocate a cyberdefense policy that concentrates on shielding its computer networks and defense planning processes, and permits broader consultations on cyberthreats.
Security experts say the Web's borderless nature demands a coordinated global anti-hacking response, and cybersecurity has been de-prioritized because it is seen as a technical rather than strategic challenge. Experts also point to divergent ideologies and goals as key obstacles in persuading nations to cooperate on strengthening cybersecurity. Others say the United States and China could make progress on cracking down on cybercrime by focusing on areas such as the use of the Internet for terrorism and child pornography.
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