Gender equality, cybersecurity, and security sector governance
In this article, James Shires and Tatiana Tropina, assistant professors at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, map the relationship between gender equality and cybersecurity governance as a component of good security sector governance (SSG). Here, it highlights the way in which cybersecurity spans not only the conventional security sector but also other areas of society.
- James Shires, Tatiana Tropina, Katharine Millar
- 27 September 2022
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Cybersecurity – the broad array of security challenges presented to states, corporations, communities, civil society, and individuals arising from the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) – is increasingly recognized as an important component of national and international security. As with all aspects of security governance, the good governance of cybersecurity is defined by, and depends upon, gender equality. This paper maps the relationship between gender equality and cybersecurity governance as a component of good security sector governance (SSG). It outlines the applicability of existing tools and principles of good governance to cybersecurity, especially those concerning gender equality. It also discusses distinct challenges in cybersecurity that may require new strategies of governance – or the creative application of existing ones. Here, it highlights the way in which cybersecurity spans not only the conventional security sector (military, policing, justice, immigration, and so on) but also other areas of society, such as the private sector, which are not always considered relevant to national and international security.