Global Cyber Resilience: thematic and sectoral approaches





EU Cyber Direct


Kate Saslow


This paper looks beyond notions of cybersecurity and analyses a more holistic approach to fostering resilience in cyberspace. This analysis has multiple goals: First and foremost, it seeks to achieve a common understanding of what resilience in cyberspace means and why it is important as a prerequisite to any collective action. Next, it looks at digital and cyber strategies within the European Union (EU) and at external action to better understand the current European approach to resilience. Then, it breaks down the state of play in order to isolate specific actions that promote resilience in an interconnected digital society. Only by understanding how the EU views resilience, and the capacity-building required to foster it, can methods to promote cyber resilience be discussed at a global level. Thus, both theme-based and sector-based approaches are addressed in this paper. Identifying best practices from companies, sectors, or regions is a way to identify exactly what works to build resilience. Then, with international cooperation and strategic partnerships, these methods can be scaled to make resilience and stability in cyberspace a global goal. This analysis sets up the discussion for key stakeholders to work toward a global cyber resilience regime.