Bridging Cybersecurity and Statecraft. Cyberspace is increasingly a key domain for both domestic and international policy making, with cybersecurity being one of the most versatile and pressing challenges. The Cyber Policy and Resilience Programme bridges the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity with traditional statecraft, drawing on a strong academic foundation merged with professional experience.
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Effective cyber policy…
is only crafted in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, private sector, and civil society. Our experts leverage their diverse backgrounds to deliver reports, workshops and interactive data-visualisation tools on the following themes:
- National Cyber Strategies, Resiliency & Deterrence
- Critical Infrastructure Protection & Supply Chain Security
- Hybrid Conflict & Strategic Implications of New Technologies
- Military Cyber Operations
- Stakeholder facilitation & Track 2 Dialogues
- Advancing Norms & Standards
- Cyber Capacity and Norms Monitor
- International Cybersecurity & Internet governance
Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC)
The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is an HCSS initiative that develops proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security, stability, guide responsible state and non-state behaviour in cyberspace. Since its launch at the February 2017 Munich Security Conference under the patronage of Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, the GCSC has been considered one of the first multi stakeholder initiatives of its kind to specifically concentrate on the stability of cyberspace.
Community of Interest for the Public Core of the Internet
HCSS was one of the co-chairs of the Paris Call Working Group for developing a Cyberstability Index. It has also initiated a Community of Interest on protecting the public core of the Internet under the auspices of the Paris Call. This concerted multi stakeholder
Sino-European Cyber Dialogue (SECD)
Relying on a track 1.5/2 diplomatic format, the Sino-European Cyber Dialogue (SECD) aims to promote exchanges between European and Chinese cyber experts with a view to build trust and engender confidence building measures in the realm of international cybersecurity. The SECD has been endorsed and supported by the European External Action Service and a number of European governments and think tanks.
Consortium supporting the EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies is a partner in a consortium selected by ENISA to offer support for the European Union Cybersecurity Certification Framework that is set out in the EU Cybersecurity Act. Read the Cybersecurity Certification Market Study published in April 2021.
The Cyber Arms Watch
The Cyber Arms Watch offers a transparency index on the offensive cyber capabilities of 60 states. It compares the degree to which states are transparent about their declared cyber capabilities to outside perceptions of those capabilities. The results are visualized as an interactive world map monitor, allowing diplomats, academics, and researchers alike a one-stop comparison of the offensive cyber capabilities of most nations. Visit Cyber Arms Watch to view the interactive monitor and to access the report and its underlying data.
Cyber Dashboard & Metrics
Although digital in nature, cyber has proven difficult to quantify. Our approach merges quantitative and qualitative methods to deliver bespoke analysis drawing on the most advanced data science data visualisations techniques. The HCSS in-house Datalab developed a cyber capacity dashboard for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, and is currently developing a Cyber Norms Observatory and a Cyber Arms Watch.
This is the country view for the Netherlands.
Here you can see the raw values of indicators used in this analytical framework.
This section shows where and how the Netherlands is doing better compared to other countries.
This radar chart shows the composite scores of the Netherlands in different cyber domains.
The timeline of cyber documents represents the status of convention on cybercrime in/by the Netherlands.
Cybersecurity Summer schools
HCSS is an active partner of consortiums organising summer schools specifically dedicated to cybersecurity, including the International Cybersecurity Summer school and Indian-Dutch Cybersecurity Summer school. It allows students and young professionals to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity concepts, as they will learn about the latest developments and the cutting-edge cyber security technologies that exist today.
Strategic Cyber Capability Game
HCSS developed a serious gaming method for strategic capability assessment and/or development analysis. This serious gaming method makes it possible to have structured discussions and analyses in a non-traditional manner on the needs and ambitions and the current and new cyber capabilities required to reach the strategic goals.
The main purpose of the Cyber Resilience Game is to increase awareness on relevant capabilities and capacities that are needed for cyber security; to address what cyber security will mean for the planning of policies, activities and operations of different ministries; and what role various relevant actors can or should play. Moreover, the game also offers players the opportunity to learn more about and get familiar with the wide range of capabilities countries have in their ‘toolbox’ in order to strengthen their cyber security.
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Webinars & Events
In August 2021, Cyber Security Expert Alexander Klimburg participated in the largest hacker conference, DEF CON. The two panel discussions can be viewed here: