Insights CCB Research


Moderator: Ms. Yurie Ito, Founder, Executive Director, CyberGreenMr. Ian Wallace, Senior Fellow and Director of the Cybersecurity Initiative, New America

Mr. Max Smeets, Postdoctoral Cybersecurity Fellow, CISAC, Stanford University

Mr. Patryk Pawlak, Brussels Executive Officer, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)


This panel demonstrates the significance of research on the topic of Cyber Capacity Building by presenting insights of their research. Studies on CCB are limited while the need for relevant scientific research is there. Moderated by Yurie Ito from CyberGreen, the panelists spoke about their research from their different perspectives (government research, academia) and then discussed the strengths and weaknesses of each approach in the context of capacity building.


Ian Wallace presented a mini case-study on the role of think tanks in cybersecurity capacity-building: the case of cybersecurity & international development’. He set out the role that think tanks can play in the work of the GFCE using New America’s Securing Digital Dividends paper.


This was followed by Patryk Pawlak sharing his insights from a recent study by EUISS named Operational Guidance for the EU’s international cooperation on cyber capacity building. This extensive study provides a comprehensive practical framework when designing and implementing the EU’s external actions against cybercrime and for promoting cybersecurity and cyber resilience. The Operational Guidance is accompanied by a Playbook – an actionable summary that provides a quick overview of the main steps to follow and key challenges to take into consideration when designing and implementing cyber capacity-building interventions.


Finally, Max Smeets elaborated on his recent paper entitled Determinants of Cyber Readiness written together with Christos Makridis, a digital fellow at the MIT Sloan Initiative. The paper examines why some countries have a higher (measured) level of 'cyber readiness' compared to others. The study shows e.g. that countries facing a more threatening security environment or which are highly dependent on cyberspace are more likely to have a high level of cyber readiness. The study also showed that a country’s level of ICT exports is one of the most robust and important predictors of cyber readiness.