Law and Regulation

By Uchenna Jerome Orji

This book discusses the legal and regulatory aspects of cybersecurity, examining the international, regional, and national regulatory responses to cybersecurity. The book particularly examines the response of the United Nations and several international organizations to cybersecurity. It provides an analysis of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, the Commonwealth Model Law on Computer and Computer Related Crime, the Draft International Convention to Enhance Protection from Cybercrime and Terrorism, and the Draft Code on Peace and Security in Cyberspace. The book further examines policy and regulatory responses to cybersecurity in the US, the UK, Singapore, India, China, and Russia. It also looks at the African Union's regulatory response to cybersecurity and renders an analysis of the Draft African Union Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cybersecurity in Africa. The book considers the development of cybersecurity initiatives by the Economic Community of West African States, the Southern African Development Community, and the East African Community, and further provides an analysis of national responses to cybersecurity in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria. It also examines efforts to develop policy and regulatory frameworks for cybersecurity in 16 other African countries (Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia). Nigeria is used as a case study to examine the peculiar causes of cyber-insecurity and the challenges that hinder the regulation of cybersecurity in African states, as well as the implications of poor cybersecurity governance on national security, economic development, international relations, human security, and human rights. The book suggests several policy and regulatory strategies to enhance cybersecurity in Africa and the global information society with emphasis on the collective responsibility of all states in preventing trans-boundary cyber harm and promoting global cybersecurity. It will be useful to policy makers, regulators, researchers, lawyers, IT professionals, law students, and any person interested in seeking a general understanding of cybersecurity governance in developed and developing countries.~~

676 pages

Publication Date: 9/1/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789058508577