The Challenge

From individuals to nation states, actors at all levels need to ensure that cyberspace and the systems dependent on it are more resilient from a growing array of attacks. In the face of constant growth in the scale and complexity of our networks, and enormous volumes of data and applications, the range of threats continues to increase and become more significant to our work and everyday life. Cyberspace and the assets within it therefore need to be better protected to ensure that critical digital infrastructures and services can be more resilient today and tomorrow.

In line with this challenge, our work at the GCSCC has been focused on developing, deploying and maintaining a framework for understanding what works, what doesn’t work and why – across all areas of cybersecurity capacity. These feed into models for building cybersecurity capacity at all levels, which provide the basis for reviews that can lead to recommendations on policy and practice.

Why is this important?

This mission has never been more important as the world’s economies continue to develop with ever-increasing dependence on technology. If we do not ensure that cybersecurity capacity exists across the global entirety of cyberspace, we will inevitably develop cyber ghettos, places where harm is prevalent and where attacks can be successfully deployed, and also from where they can be easily launched. Ultimately, a lack of progress on cybersecurity capacity could result in harms to the prosperity and the well-being of those economies and nations so dependent on cyberspace – increasingly the vast majority of humanity.