The EU Cyber Direct project supports EU cyber diplomacy efforts and consequently contributes to the development of a secure, stable and rights-based international order in cyberspace through extensive dialogues with strategic partners from Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, the United States, as well as regions of Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.
The project brings together governments and non-governmental actors to explore the main issues surrounding international law in cyberspace, norms of responsible state behaviour and Confidence Building Measures. Workshops, conferences and meetings organized in the framework of EU Cyber Direct contribute to a better understanding of EU cyber diplomacy and cyber resilience policies worldwide.
Three main areas of focus of the EU Cyber Direct project are:
1) Policy support
Through research, policy analysis and events in partner countries and regions, EU Cyber Direct aims to support effective policy engagement in four major areas.
application of the existing international law to cyberspace;
norms, rules and principles of responsible state behaviour;
Confidence Building Measures; and
2) Cyber Dialogues
EU Cyber Direct engages with governments, civil society, academia, think tanks and the private sector. Through these links, EU Cyber Direct supports formal Cyber Dialogues between the EU and partner countries and regions with research and analysis on issues of mutual interest.
By engaging with local partners worldwide, EU Cyber Direct forges a better understanding of the EU’s approach to cyber diplomacy and cyber resilience. It also contributes to a wider and deeper dissemination of EU best practices and lessons learned.
The project is implemented by the EU Institute for Security Studies, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, and in cooperation with numerous governmental and non-governmental bodies in partner countries.
EU Cyber Direct is funded by the European Commission under the Partnership Instrument, International Digital Cooperation project: Trust and Security in Cyberspace.