A Method for the Development of Cyber Security Strategies

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 34 (2015)


action plan, cyber security, cyberspace, goals, method, scope, society, strategy, vision


The cyberspace today has become the unavoidable part of today’s society, its virtual dimension. The nations and international community put many efforts to assure certain terms and responsibilities in this virtual dimension of the society. Many national cyber security strategies, including EU and NATO strategies, in a very short time have become high priority activities. The questions about the responsible institutions to address in the strategy, guiding principles to follow, and the way of implementing the strategy, still remains very differently approached within different nations. The goal of this paper is to propose a method that offers a more consistent approach to the development of cyber security strategies. The key research question is whether the proposed approach results in a more consistent national cyber security strategy that covers all the necessary national requirements and expectations, and that is easier to harmonise with different international requirements. In order to verify the proposed method, the paper shows the brief overview of the results achieved in the case of the development process of Croatian National Cyber Security Strategy.