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The European Union as a Cybersecurity Actor

Odermatt, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-6073-3033 (2018). The European Union as a Cybersecurity Actor. In: Blockmans, S. & Koutrakos, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-2346-4057 (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. (pp. 354-373). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi: 10.4337/9781785364082.00026


The working paper discusses the challenges facing the European Union as it seeks to become a more active player in the field of cybersecurity. It outlines the concept of cybersecurity and the various approaches to cybersecurity governance. It then discusses the EU’s approach to cybersecurity issues, focusing on three elements: cybercrime, network and information security, and cyber-defence. Although a relative newcomer on the scene, the EU has made strides towards establishing a coherent policy framework across these areas. The EU is also developing a role in cyber defence, a field that has been largely left to the Member States. It finally analyses the external dimension of cybersecurity policy, and argues that the EU can influence the development of international norms. EU policy must also deal with the political and diplomatic dimension, especially as threats of state-sponsored cyber attacks increase.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Research Handbook on EU Common Foreign and Security Policy edited by Blockmans, S. and Koutrakos, P., forthcoming 2019, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > Institute for the Study of European Laws
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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