Guide to Developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy

Strategic Engagement in Cybersecurity

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Facilitated by ITU, twelve partners from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society share their experience, knowledge and expertise, providing an aggregated, harmonised set of principles on the development, establishment and implementation of national cybersecurity strategies. The guide’s objective is to instigate strategic thinking and help national leaders and policy-makers to develop, establish and implement national cybersecurity strategies world-wide. The National Cybersecurity Strategy Guide was developed through an iterative approach, which sought to reach agreement through consensus-building. It is based on existing resources and aims to facilitate its use by national stakeholders. Wherever possible, the relevant sources and tools used to develop each set of recommendations are listed in the Reference section to encourage their broader use. Cybersecurity is a foundational element underpinning the achievement of socio-economic objectives of modern economies. The hope is that the resulting National Cybersecurity Strategy Guide can serve as a useful tool to all stakeholders, including national policy-makers, legislators and regulators, with cybersecurity responsibilities. In addition, it might have broader applicability, as the concepts introduced can be applied at the regional, or municipal levels, as well as adapted for industry.




This National Cybersecurity Strategy Guide is one of the most comprehensive overviews of what constitute successful cybersecurity strategies. It is the result of a unique, collaborative and equitable multi-stakeholder effort, which taps into the knowledge, experience and expertise of many organisations in the field of national cybersecurity strategies and policies. Specifically, this Guide has been produced by twelve partners from public and private sectors, as well as and academia and civil society.


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