Participation at CyberNeeds and Development International Conference

UINFC2 project participated  at the International Conference organised by the European Commission’s DG International Cooperation and Development and the EU Institute for Security Studies that took place in Brussels on 23rd and 24th of February 2015.

In recognition that the ever-increasing resilience on information and communication technologies comes with potential vulnerabilities, the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace has included cybercrime and cyber security as one of its priority areas. Consequently, the European Commission wishes to expand its knowledge of the actions required to strengthen international Networks Enhancing the Economy, Development and Security (NEEDS).

The conference aimed to contribute to the cataloguing cyber of needs around the world and to take stock of other national and international initiatives to that effect. The outcome of the conference was to directly inform the decision-making process with regard to EU’s future efforts in this field. The conference explored concrete ways in which cyber capacity building can further stimulate global economic and social development. In other words, the event will aim to identify crucial resources required for strengthening international Networks Enhancing the Economy, Development and Security (NEEDS).

The aim of each session is to find an answer to the following question: What is needed at a local, national, regional or international level to minimise the risks in cyberspace?

  • Legal and regulatory needs: Regulatory and legal frameworks are considered to be the main building blocks of any cyber capacity building initiative as they shape the policies and practices within an organisation, government or a community. The focus of this thematic block will be on how to achieve the capacity to draft and implement laws, regulations and policies in accordance with international standards and in a manner which fosters greater international cooperation.
  • Institutional and organisational needs: Given their importance in any attempt to increase cyber resilience, management structures, coordination mechanisms and other institutional factors must also be explored. Elements such as leadership, the management of relationships (i.e. between public and private actors), and accountability mechanisms are often decisive in ensuring that a project or undertaking is sustainable. Consequently, this thematic block will seek to address how obstacles to coordination and cooperation between various stakeholders can be overcome.
  • Human resources and technical expertise: The development of human capacity in this field is essential. This means developing skills, providing access to information, generating knowledge, and, ultimately, retaining talented staff. As all actors struggle to generate enough cyber manpower, this thematic block will look into how to create an enabling environment of educational systems and ensure effective training.

Additional Information on the conference can be found here.


Co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union

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