In discussing the challenges faced by the GFCE community, it became increasingly clear that knowledge gaps existed and the GFCE could potentially address these gaps. Through the GFCE Working Groups, knowledge gaps and research that would be useful and that may help the community achieve their strategic and operational goals are being identified. The GFCE then collects and prioritizes these research needs into a Global Cyber Capacity Building (CCB) Research Agenda. This also responds to the call of the GFCE Community for a flexible mechanism that would help them identify common research requirements and generate targeted research relevant to ongoing GFCE work and Member’s activities.
The mechanism was tested through the pilot Research Agenda 2021, with funding allocated to 4 research projects that were prioritized by the Community. Based on the lessons learned over the past year, the research agenda process has been simplified and refined, and a new draft Research Agenda was presented at the GFCE Annual V-Meeting in 2021.
The GFCE Working Groups identified a total of 15 research ideas for the Research Agenda 2021, and 24 research ideas for the Research Agenda 2022 – 2023.
When determining which research topics to prioritize, GFCE members were invited to consider the following questions:
- Is it clear how this research project relates to cyber capacity building?
- Will this research project benefit the GFCE Community and the wider cyber capacity building community?
- Does research like this already exist and is this duplicative of existing efforts?
- How significant is the expected outcome or research output (based on its objectives)?
4 research projects have already been concluded thanks to support from Global Affairs Canada and the United Kingdom FCDO. 3 research projects are currently ongoing in 2023, with support from the United States Department of State.
Our research agendas
Pre-University Cyber Security Education: A report on developing cyber skills amongst children and young people Read the report on the Cybil portal
Cyber Incident Management in Low-Income Countries Read the report on the Cybil portal
Improving the practice of cyber diplomacy: Training, tools, and other resources Read the report on the Cybil portal
Putting Cyber Norms in Practice: Implementing the UN GGE 2015 recommendations through national strategies and policies Read the report on the Cybil portal