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Towards operational guidance for the EU’s cyber capacity building abroad

On 16 May, the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation (DEVCO), in partnership with the EUISS, hosted a consultation workshop in Brussels to present a draft study entitled the ‘EU’s external cooperation on cyber capacity building. Operational guidance’ to a range of relevant stakeholders. The study is intended to provide a comprehensive practical framework for the EU's external actions in the fight against cybercrime and the promotion of cybersecurity and cyber resilience.

The document aims to:

  • provide a consolidated presentation of key aspects of cyber policy;
  • assist in the design of appropriate, context-specific project interventions for cyber capacity building in third countries, drawing from development best practices and lessons learned;
  • propose metrics and indicators for measuring the results of cyber programming.

This consultation, part of the Cyber Capacity Building Task Force, brought together a mix of policy actors that work in the fields of cyber policy and cyber diplomacy, alongside practitioners involved in the definition and implementation of cyber capacity building actions and experts in evaluating development-related capacity results.