International Relations

International Humanitarian Law and its Applicability to the South African Cyber Environment

Abstract: 

Although International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is considered applicable to all forms of warfare including future warfare, it does not regulate cyberwarfare in its current form. The South African government has introduced the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework and the Cybercrimes Bill in addition to existing Information Communications Technology legislation. However, the areas of jus in bello (just war) and jus ad bellum (the right to go to war) have not been sufficiently addressed regarding cyberwarfare. This paper seeks to explore the interaction between cyberattacks and IHL and its applicability to the South African cyber environment with an overview of South Africa’s cybersecurity posture and framework within a global context.

South Africa and the Cyber Security Dilemma

Abstract:

With the rise of cyberattack as an instrument of state power, researchers are translating the international relations theory of the Security Dilemma into the cyber-domain, referred to as the Cyber Security Dilemma. Currently South Africa is expanding its national cyber-security posture under the mandate of the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework and the Cybercrimes Bill, which involve the growth of cyber-security capabilities for the military. 

Journal of Information Warfare

The definitive publication for the best and latest research and analysis on information warfare, information operations, and cyber crime. Available in traditional hard copy or online.

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