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Linking development, digitalisation and security: Defining the “how” in cyber capacity building

In June 2018, the Council of the European Union adopted the Conclusions on EU external cyber capacity building guidelines, which set a broad political framework for the EU’s engagement with partner countries on building more resilient states and societies. Since 2017, the EU Institute for Security Studies has been working on Operational Guidance that identifies concrete steps and processes to guide the EU’s engagement in partner countries.

Organised in cooperation with the European Commission and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, this meeting focused on sharing experiences concerning existing approaches in implementing cyber capacity building with the aim to foster a dialogue and cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices across communities. Participants discussed how to streamline working methods for effective, sustainable and inclusive cyber capacity building partnerships that can also contribute to the implementation of the GFCE Global Agenda.