Securing cyber space is increasingly on the global security agenda.
This trend is likely to continue for at least three reasons. First, there are an increasing number of Internet users worldwide, many of whom are unaware of how to protect their systems and networks – facilitating the spread of malicious software. Second, as societal dependency on information and communication technology increases, so does our vulnerability to breakdowns in our critical infrastructures and services. The risks for cascading and spiraling effects are exacerbated as many of these critical infrastructures are increasingly interconnected. Third, there are multiple developments in the cyber field that require continued consideration. These range from new applications, for example the Internet of things and its impact on cyber security, to cyber governance issues (e.g., balancing privacy and security requirements in cyber space).
At the GCSP, the cyber security cluster within the Emerging Security Challenges Programme tackles these and other pressing cyber issues through executive education and training, applied policy analysis and dialogue. The cyber cluster also serves as a hub that convenes cyber experts from across the public, private and civil society to examine current and future cyber challenges.
The cyber cluster offers executive education covering areas such as cyber security strategy formulation and cyber diplomacy. The cluster likewise pursues a number of outreach activities, including the co-organisation of track 1.5 dialogues, expert workshops tackling specific cyber issues (for example, the implementation of confidence-building measures), and capacity building activities such as the cyber 9/12 student challenge organised in collaboration with the Atlantic Council. Lastly, the cluster contributes to internal and external policy papers on cyber security issues. Examples of recent topics examined include computer network defence, cyber security strategy formulation, and future challenges in cyber space.