National Cyber Security Strategy Planning and Design

We live in an environment with dynamic, constantly changing cyberthreats. Thus, it is imperative that each country must—as a matter of national survival—develop and implement a flexible and dynamic cybersecurity strategy to meet new and ever-evolving global threats. The increasing reliance on information technologies has now placed governments, private sector entities, and individuals at the mercy of the bad actors and asynchronous players who devise and actualize their crimes. Cyberattacks are frequently occurring and breaching security controls, and they continue to grow in sophistication, frequency, and severity. Since cyberthreat actors routinely access, steal, and corrupt sensitive corporate and government information, a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy is the first step to address these constant threats.

CryptoForensics Corporation has the organizational capability to help devise and guide the implementation of a resilient competitive national cybersecurity strategy, a plan of actions designed to improve the security and resilience of national infrastructures and services. It is a high level, top-down approach to cybersecurity that establishes a range of national objectives and priorities that should be achieved in a specific timeframe.

Cultural and national interests influence the perception of risk and the relative success of Cultural and national interests influence the perception of risk and the relative success of defenses against cyberthreats. A cybersecurity strategy rooted in national values is likely to gain the support of stakeholders, such as the judiciary and private sector. Our approach will therefore focus on the issues that countries should consider when designing or updating their national cybersecurity strategies since national capabilities, needs, and threats vary.

A CryptoForensics Corporation-designed action plan of National Cybersecurity Strategies and roadmap for a country include the following:

  • A National Cybersecurity Framework that sets the governance structure, vision, scope, objectives and priorities and further defines the baseline or mandatory security requirements on issues such as risk management and compliance.
  • Specification of a trusted information sharing mechanism and accountability documentation that identifies the top government sectors and leaders who should be responsible for devising the national cybersecurity strategy and fostering local, national and global cross-sector cooperation.
  • Identification of a National Cybersecurity Focal Point and key stake holders for all activities needed to address issues concerning the protection of the nation’s cyberspace against all types of cyberthreats.
  • A Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) and cybersecurity contingency plans, including a national cybersecurity risk assessment and blueprint of incident management capabilities with national responsibility to analyze cyberthreat trends, coordinates response and disseminates information to all relevant stakeholders.
  • The required Legal Measures in place or if necessary, drafts new criminal law, procedures, and policy to deter, respond to and prosecute cybercrime.
  • A mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness and Education program focused on raising awareness about cyber threats.

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