An increasing number of states are consolidating national cyber defense capabilities into specialized, often militarized units. Meanwhile, irregular and terrorist organizations are moving to cyberspace as avenue through which to launch attacks on institutions, businesses and communities around the world. Moreover, private sector entities, as repositories of strategic or valuable information, often bear the brunt of hostile digital activity. However, with cyber conflict escalating, institutions are developing defensive capabilities, utilizing their accumulated technological know-how to prevent and tackle digital threats.
Cyber security research at ISDP works to identify information security concerns on the policy level, as well as to contribute to institutions developing necessary resources and skills for the implementation of a collective response. ISDP aims at explore tools, strategies, and institutions that can help state and non-state actors to understand and effectively deal with security threats related to cyberspace.
Enablement besides Constraints: Addressing a Cyber Multidisciplinary Framework for the Promotion of Human Security in the European High North (ECoHuCy)
ISDP is a partner in the project Enablement besides Constraints: Addressing a Cyber Multidisciplinary Framework for the Promotion of Human Security in the European High North (ECoHuCy), together with the Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and Swansea University (UK). The project is funded by Nordforsk.
The project claims that the primary aim of digitalisation and cybersecurity policies should be the advancement of human wellbeing. In order to justify the claim, it scrutinises digitalisation and cybersecurity from the human security perspective. Its empirical focus is on the European High North which particular characteristics – delicate balance between the nature and human practices, vast distances, sparse and ageing population, limited resources and infrastructures, harsh climate, vulnerability in the face of environmental threats – have only partially been recognised in the national frameworks of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Alongside scrutinising the effects of top down policies facilitating and securing digitalisation, the research project interacts with people and communities in the region to find out their associated needs, interests and fears. The aim is to make bottom up influence possible through knowledge production and dissemination.
Climate Change, Environmental Threats and Cyber-Threats to Critical Infrastructures in Multi-Regulatory Sustainable Global Approach with Sweden as an Example
Abstract This article explores and analyzes the nexus between climate change, environmental threats, and cyber-threats in a multi-regulatory contextual sustainable global approach with Sweden as an example. Research and collection […]
Cyber Threats, Harsh Environment and the European High North (EHN) in a Human Security and Multi-Level Regulatory Global Dimension: Which Framework Applicable to Critical Infrastructures under “Exceptionally Critical Infrastructure Conditions” (ECIC)?
Abstract Business opportunities in the European High North (EHN) are accompanied by the danger of cyber-threats, especially to critical infrastructures which in these Arctic regions become “extra critical” because of […]
Speech by Niklas Swanström at the Sixth Xiangshan Forum on Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
Paper presented by Dr. Niklas Swanström during the 6th Xiangshan Forum on Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Swanström participated in a panel discussion entitled Code of Conduct in Cyberspace, during which he held […]
9th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference Report, “Cyber Security: Identifying Threats and Charting a Common Defense”
The 9th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference was held in Stockholm on May 24, 2016. The theme for this year’s conference was Cybersecurity: Identifying Threats and Charting a Common Defense. We are […]
Reforming Internet Governance and the Role of China
This paper examines the issue of internet governance and analyzes the developments and challenges in reforming the current system. With state and non-state actors alike seeking to influence the way […]
Tensions in Cyberspace: Toward a Code of Conduct
The row between the United States and China, caused by the indictment of five Chinese military officers on account of cyberespionage against private companies in the U.S., illustrates the importance […]