Vice President Kamala Harris is pushing for the United States to establish a “cyber doctrine” to better defend against cyberattacks. In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation on December 26, 2021, Harris said that she believes it’s vital for them to have a cyber doctrine.
She further said, “On the issue of cyber, it is important that we work with our allies on these issues…making sure we are all on the same page about what will be interpreted as a threat or not and with some level of consensus about what the [cyberspace] rules and norms are and what they should be.”
Harris’ remarks come after the Biden administration’s repeated appeals for international cooperation and resolution in the fight against cyber terrorism. In November 2021, she committed the United States to join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace.
The Paris Call, founded in 2018, now comprises 95 governments, almost 350 international, civil society, public-sector groups, and approximately 600 private-sector organizations. The White House’s decision to join the Paris Call is part of a stepped-up strategy to bring cybersecurity to the forefront of global discussions.
The Paris Call might be good news for MSSPs that provide services to end-customers across various countries. Indeed, the Paris Call might assist MSSPs in adopting “international cyber norms,” as well as allowing MSSPs to engage government leaders more quickly and profoundly when necessary.
The United Governments’ support for the Paris Call “does not mark a change in U.S. Government policy, but rather reflects our continuing commitment to act responsibly and partner with like-minded states to promote stability in cyberspace,” according to a statement from the State Department.