Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy

Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy is one of the five thematic streams of the GFCE’s work, as codified in the GFCE’s Delhi Communique.

Within this theme, the GFCE facilitates dialogue, collaboration and information sharing on cyber capacity building as it relates to the topics of: National Cybersecurity Strategies, Capacity Assessments, Norms and Confidence Building Measures Implementation, and Cyberdiplomacy.

Working Group A on Cybersecurity Policy & Strategy

The GFCE’s multistakeholder community comes together to share, shape and form knowledge on specific issues related to cybersecurity policy and strategy in Working Group A. The main objective of the group is to help countries and other stakeholders strengthen their policy and strategy making capacity, and to create a space for multistakeholders to share expertise and learn from one another. The Working Group has also created a dedicated platform to discuss developments taking place in UN international negotiations through a special “Capacity Building and the UN Processes” series, in collaboration with the GFCE Working Group on Cybercrime.

Tools and publications

Publication Date: March 1 2022

A Short Guide to Stakeholder Engagement on National Cybersecurity Strategy Development

Stakeholder engagement is key to the success of any project and is often more of an art than a science. Initial stakeholder consultations and core consultation events are crucial for different aspects of the National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) development: from building relationships and trust and confidence in the process to training and capacity building of […]

Publication Date: June 15 2021

Global Overview of Existing Cyber Capacity Assessment Tools (GOAT)

This Global Overview of Assessment Tools (GOAT) document has been developed by the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), Working Group A – Task Force Strategy and Assessments, as a project under its Work Plan 2020. The Task Force recognized the need to create awareness on the different cyber capacity assessment tools that exist and […]

Publication Date: June 7 2021

Catalog of Project Options for the National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) Cycle

This Catalog was developed in 2020 as part of the Work Plan of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) Strategy & Assessments Task Force, under the leadership of Robert Collett (former TF co-Lead), Carolin Weisser Harris and Lea Kaspar. The objective of this Catalog is to inform countries of the types of support activities […]

Publication Date: January 1 2018

National Strategies: Interviews from behind the cover

The GFCE Working Group for Policy and Strategy presents information regarding the development of national cyber strategies through interviews conducted with cybersecurity specialists in Norway, Mexico and Senegal. These three GFCE Member countries develop their strategies in different contexts. Norway utilizes a very open approach to develop their strategy. Mexico counts on support by the […]

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Participating members and partners

African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
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Africa Cybersecurity and Digital Rights Organisation (ACDRO)
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AfricaCERT
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African Union
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Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD)
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Argentina
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ASPI
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AT&T
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AUDA-NEPAD
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Australia
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Belgium
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Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA)
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Cameroon
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Canada
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The Centre for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies (CCSIRS)
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Chile
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CREST
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CyberGreen
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CyberPeace Institute
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Cydiplo
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Czech Republic
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DAI
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DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance
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Deloitte
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DiploFoundation
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Dominican Republic
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Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
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Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
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e-Governance Academy (eGA)
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EU CyberNet
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European Union
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France
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Global Cyber Securtiy Capacity Centre (GCSCC)
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Ghana
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Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)
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Global Partners Digital
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Huawei
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Hungary
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S.M.E. Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute M.P., S.A. (INCIBE)
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India
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Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS)
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InFuture Foundation
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IPANDETEC
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Israel
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International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
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Japan
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Kenya
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KPMG
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Mauritius
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Mexico
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Microsoft
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MITRE
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Norway
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NUPI
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Organization of American States (OAS)
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Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC)
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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
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Papua New Guinea
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Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
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Protection Group International (PGI)
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Rwanda
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Senegal
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Serbia
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Singapore
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Suriname
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Sweden
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Switzerland
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Tanzania
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Telstra
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The Gambia
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The Netherlands
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Tunisia
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United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
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United Kingdom
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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
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United States of America
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World Bank
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Contributions to Cybil Portal

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Initiatives

Assessing and developing cybersecurity capability

This initiative aims to enable decision makers in governments, international organisations and capacity-building bodies around the world to benchmark national cybersecurity capacity in a comprehensive manner in order to identify priorities for investments and capacity building. It is based on the Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM) which was developed by the Global Cyber Security Capacity […]

e-Governance and Cybersecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

The aim of this initiative is to address the clear gap in the knowledge and awareness of Latin American and the Caribbean countries on the benefits of e-government, and the opportunities it provides to improve the cybersecurity mindset of their governments. The results of the OAS-IDB Report “Cybersecurity Are we ready in Latin America and […]

Promoting Cybersecurity Due Diligence across Africa

This initiative helps African member states draft national cybersecurity frameworks for national and international engagements on cyber policy.  These efforts include creating a culture of cybersecurity, developing national cyber strategies, enacting and enforcing comprehensive legal frameworks related to cybersecurity and cybercrime, and building organizational structures to improve cyber incident management capabilities on the continent.  Increased […]

Progressing Cybersecurity in Senegal and West Africa

Senegal and the Netherlands have teamed up to exchange practical steps and expertise to address cybersecurity issues in Senegal and the broader West African region. A secure digital environment will permit the region to fully take advantage of the opportunities for growth that technology offers. Digital challenges in West Africa Digital developments in Africa are […]

Promoting the implementation of tools and frameworks to enhance cyber stability between States

The growing importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for political, economic, social, and military activity is one of the most significant trends of the current security environment. Most if not all States rely on ICTs to drive economic and social growth, and enable most critical systems. On the flip side ICTs also created a […]