New Analysis Helps States Mitigate Risks Arising from Cross-Border Dependencies

A new study published by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence focuses on cross-border dependencies of critical information infrastructure, one of the least explored areas of cyber vulnerabilities.

National critical services, such as banking and telecommunications, increasingly rely on information infrastructure located in another country. This trend is expected to continue alongside globalisation and technologically-driven business practices. While there is a growing awareness of the vulnerability contained in such dependency, there is no generally established approach to address it.

In their study ‘Regulating Cross-Border Dependencies of Critical Information Infrastructure’, the Centre’s researchers Kadri Kaska and Lorena Trinberg have mapped out the state of awareness and regulatory tools employed in national frameworks, as well as the existing state of knowledge in academic research. This contribution comes on time to assist states in mitigating the risks arising from cross-border dependencies in their own national cyber strategies. Full study can be accessed online.

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think tank and training facility, focused on interdisciplinary applied research and development as well as consultations, education and exercises in the field of cyber security. The Centre’s mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing between NATO, Allies and partners in cyber defence.