International Cybersecurity Policy
Cybersecurity policy has become an integral part of national and international politics. Amongst other elements, cybersecurity policy includes establishing institutions, the allocation and distribution of resources, processes and legal frameworks, as well as the influence that national policies have on international relations (“spillover effects”). Even if many of these challenges have to be addressed primarily at the national level, it is crucial to learn from each other internationally in order to develop common solutions and to disseminate these solutions.
The SNV’s working area "International Cybersecurity Policy" consists of three pillars (German-, European-, and Transatlantic Cybersecurity Policy) and is currently funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the European Commission and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). The International Cybersecurity Policy team is regularly interviewed by German- (amongst others Tagesthemen), American- (for example the Washington Post and New York Times) and European media (amongst others EURACTIV) and presents its work at national and international events. It was previously invited to hold presentations at the German Bundestag, the Cybersecurity Caucus of the American Congress and the European Parliament.
German Cybersecurity Policy
In terms of German cybersecurity policy, the SNV pursues the goal of supporting politicians in pursing empirically based, better policies. For this purpose, it provides various types of analyses and handouts, such as a mapping of German cybersecurity actors, policy analyses and a subject-specific events calendar. Furthermore, the SNV contributes to the enhancement of expertise in various target groups, including government employees, students and journalists and the exchange of knowledge between experts of the cybersecurity policy community. In addition, the SNV takes an active role in public debates in order to set thematic priorities and to introduce new ideas to the media discourse.
European Cybersecurity Policy
In collaboration with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the SNV is implementing the EU-funded project “EU Cyber Direct”. “EU Cyber Direct” aims to support EU cyber diplomacy through cooperation between state actors and business representatives as well as civil society representatives in strategic partner countries. The SNV works primarily on EU-US relations, EU-Japan relations and the EU's resilience strategy.
Transatlantic Cybersecurity Policy
In January 2017, the SNV founded the "Transatlantic Cyber Forum" (TCF). The TCF is an intersectoral, transatlantic cybersecurity expert network with 150 members from civil society, academia and the private sector. The TCF constitutes working groups on current issues of transatlantic cybersecurity policy, which aim to develop concrete policy recommendations within a time frame of nine months. The current working group deals with IT security of machine learning in critical infrastructures and the security sector. Previous working groups worked on minimum standards for government hacking, the protection of data-driven elections and government-led management of vulnerabilities.
We generally reject invitations to "manels" (all-male panels). Travel and accommodation costs for events to which our team is invited are generally not covered by the SNV; we recommend CO2 compensation for flights and do not take domestic flights. While we generally refrain from speaking fees for presentations within the fields of politics, academia and civil society, we require a remuneration or donation to the SNV for invitations from the private sector.