The Necessity and Pitfall of Cybersecurity Capacity Building for Norm Development in Cyberspace


Publication date: 2019

Author: Zine Homburger


This this paper positions cybersecurity capacity building in the realm of the debate on international norms. It is argued that cybersecurity capacity building on the one side is a necessity to make adherence to discussed norms feasible. On the other side, it can serve as a tool for fostering donor state’s interests in recipient states. The latter can lead to cybersecurity capacity building measures being used to foster geopolitical interests. As a result, rather than advancing the effort to agree on international norms and make adherence possible, it might lead to a fragmentation of norms and different understandings of these norm’s contents.