Danish Cyber and Information Security Strategy 2018-2021

The digital security of society must be stronger. A new strategy will enhance technological resilience are secure better protection of critical government IT systems, it will improve citizens’, businesses’ and authorities’ knowledge and skills, and it will strengthen national coordination and cooperation on information security.

The government is launching 25 initiatives in the strategy. Six targeted strategies have also been launched to improve cyber and information security in critical sectors, i.e. the telecommunications, financial, energy, healthcare, transport, and maritime sectors. The strategy will enhance Denmark's digital security and ensure much more coordinated efforts across authorities.

Read more about the cyber strategy

Strategic benchmarks

The Danish government has defined three benchmarks for developing Denmark towards becoming stronger and more digitally secure over the next four years.

1. Everyday Safety

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Central government together with critical sectors is enhancing its technological preparedness as the threat scenario evolves in order to be able to protect essential societal functions against cyberattacks or other major information security incidents.

2. Better Competencies

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Citizens, businesses and authorities have access to the requisite knowledge and are qualified to address the increasing level of cyber and information security challenges.

 

3. Joint Efforts

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Risk-based security management is an integral part of central government management and management of critical sectors. There must be a clear division of roles and responsibilities in the area of cyber and information security for authorities and businesses providing key societal functions.

 

About the strategy

The threat from hackers and ICT criminals against citizens, businesses, and public authorities has drawn very close, and digital attacks are becoming ever more frequent and ever more advanced. With this strategy, we’re reinforcing our capacity to defend our society against cyberattack.

Six sectors are particularly vulnerable in the event of cyberattack. These sectors are the energy sector, the transport sector, the telecommunications sector, the financial sector, the healthcare sector and the maritime sector. In the event of a cyberattack against a power plant, for example, large parts of Denmark will break down. This will have consequences for much of society.

The digital threat against our society remains high. We need to protect Danish society against attacks that may be extremely costly for Denmark in terms of the economy and even, in a worst-case scenario, in terms of human lives. Therefore, we’re now placing even higher demands on work by these sectors to prevent serious cyberattack.

- Ms. Sophie Løhde - Minister for Public Sector Innovation

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