Internet Governance Glossary


2.35 Cybersecurity

Collective for a broad range of issues from IT security, via information or content security, to security against Internet misuse and cybercrime.


As the Internet architecture was not designed with cybersecurity in mind, incorporating security protection requires substantial changes to the very basis of the Internet, the TCP/IP, including among others:

  • Security by design
  • Security architecture
  • Hardware mechanisms that protect computers and data
  • Secure operating systems
  • Secure coding
  • Capabilities and access control lists.

The balance between cybersecurity and human rights, especially the right to privacy, anonymity and freedom of expression, is in constant flux.