Cyber Resilience in Asia-Pacific: A Review of National Cybersecurity Strategies

Christine, Debora and Thinyane, Mamello (2020). Cyber Resilience in Asia-Pacific: A Review of National Cybersecurity Strategies. United Nations University.

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  • Author Christine, Debora
    Thinyane, Mamello
    Title Cyber Resilience in Asia-Pacific: A Review of National Cybersecurity Strategies
    Publication Date 2020
    Place of Publication Macau
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 1 - 84
    Language eng
    Abstract Cyber resilience, the ability for positive adaptation in the face of adverse cyber events, is seen as an evolution in the cybersecurity posture of organisations and countries. It represents a mindset shift from protection and avoidance of adverse cyber events and the development of fail-safe systems to anticipation and planning for adverse cyber events, including the development of systems that are safe to fail. At the national level, the adoption and incorporation of resilience thinking in the national cybersecurity strategies is given impetus by several factors, including the inevitability of both known and unknown cyber risks, as well as the demands for holistic resilience from multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sendai framework. This report presents findings from a review of the national cybersecurity strategies of several countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The review is framed along several lines of inquiry that explore the extent to which the countries incorporate the whole of society cyber resilience in their national cybersecurity strategies. While most countries give recognition of the importance of cyber resilience, few countries provide a detailed operationalisation of cyber resilience in their strategies. Not surprisingly, the pattern, that countries with higher cybersecurity maturity have a more nuanced articulation of cyber resilience, is noted from the review. However, some countries with lower cybersecurity maturity are noted to provide more apparent avenues for the engagement of civil society stakeholders, including third sector organisations, in the cybersecurity strategies. The report advances the importance of considering cyber resilience at the individual, community, national, and global levels, and makes recommendations on how countries could operationalise the whole of society cyber resilience.
    Keyword cybersecurity
    cyber resilience
    Asia pacific
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9789280891218
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