While there is a positive impact of new information technologies
on all aspects of modern societies and human life, new vulnerabilities
of our societies have emerged through the growth of the Internet
and other computer networks. Therefore, further work is necessary
against cyberterrorism and other forms of large-scale attacks on
and through computer systems, which threaten the national security,
public safety and economic well-being of States.
Mutual legal assistance of law-enforcement authorities has
to be improved and adapted with regard to technological developments.
Security measures for the protection of critical services and infrastructure
should be developed. States are internationally responsible for
taking all reasonable measures to prevent large-scale cyberattacks
from being launched by persons under their jurisdiction or emanating
from their national territory.
Based on its conventions, the Council of Europe should address
this globally growing challenge to the security of computer networks.