Cybersecurity Capacity Building (CCB)

2014 - 2015 (Avsluttet) Prosjektnummer: QZA-14/0498
Prosjektet skal se på risikoen knyttet til og utfordringene ved cybersikkerhet i utviklingsland.

The rapid growth of connectedness in the developing world brings potential benefits as well as risks, as increased dependency leads to greater systemic vulnerabilities. The private sector’s expansion of networks and technological platforms may be faster than the public sector’s capacity to follow up with regulation and safety-standards. Developing countries have been described as “wonderlands” for cybercriminals, and as the internet is expected to double in size every five years a “cybercrime avalanche” is expected to follow. Technological and regulatory loopholes may be exploited by criminals as well as politically motivated actors to conduct Cyber Network Operations (CNO), Cyber Network Exploitation (CNE), or even Cyber Network Attacks (CNA).

Because of the networked and borderless nature of cyberspace dangers are not confined to the countries and regions in question. It is often held that cyber security is only as strong as the weakest link. This means that weak cyber security in one country negatively affects global cyber security. Following this logic, enhancing cyber security in one place will benefit the larger system and the international community at large. Regardless of the validity of this theory, the nature of cyberspace makes makes cyber risks a global problem that is likely to increase as more and more people get connected.

This raises a number of questions:

Are there any security benefits for Western countries in assisting emerging economies in building cyber security capacities? If so, what are these benefits? Furthermore, what aspects of cyber security capacities are most crucial for a country to develop? Is it legislation, Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), law enforcement and/or something else? Should we instead of working with state institutions target our future work primarily towards the private sector and network providers.

The aim of this project is to map out the concrete risks and challenges, the best tools to deal with them and how to implement these tools most effectively.

Seminars 2016:

Launch of the World Bank Development Report 2016

Seminars 2015:

Digitale sårbarheter – Internasjonale løsninger

Cybersikkerhet i internasjonale fora: Hvem skal delta?

Seminars 2014:

Security and Liberty in Cyberspace. Countermeasures and dilemmas in securing a global free cyberspace.

Theory Seminar: Theorizing cybersecurity




Publication : KRONIKK
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief

Cyber Security Capacity Building in Developing Countries

  • Lilly Pijnenburg Muller
Cyberspace is an intrinsic part of the development of any country. A strong cyber capacity is crucial for states to progress and develop in economic, ...
Publication : NUPI Report

Cyber Security Capacity Building in Developing Countries: challenges and Opportunities

  • Lilly Pijnenburg Muller
Cyberspace is an intrinsic part of the development of any country. A strong cyber capacity is crucial for states to progress and develop in economic, ...
Publication : NUPI Policy Brief
Publication : NUPI Report

Cyber Security Capacity Building : Developing Access

This study concentrates on providing the rationale and identifying potential ‘dimensions’ for certain governmental CCB instruments, and what tasks they ...
Publication : NUPI-rapport

Cyber Security Capacity Building: Security and Freedom

The threats associated with ICT are multifaceted. The present report posits that cyber capacity building (CCB) should not be considered simply a risk ...


Niels Nagelhus Schia

Seniorforsker, leder for Forskningsgruppen for sikkerhet og forsvar og leder for NUPIs senter for forskning på ny teknologi


Forsvar  Sikkerhetspolitikk  Utenrikspolitikk  Utviklingspolitikk  Cyber

Lilly Pijnenburg Muller

Tidligere ansatt


Alexander Klimburg, seniorforrsker ved the Hague Center for Strategic Studies og tilknyttet Harvard Kennedy School.