The Danish National Strategy for Cyber and Information Security

The Danish Government’s National Strategy for Cyber and Information Security 2022-2024 has been adopted to help enhance technological resilience; secure the protection of critical government ICT systems; and improve the knowledge and skills of residents, businesses, and authorities.

Denmark is one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to the digital transition of society. Daily life in Denmark is digital, whether in people’s private life, work, or their interactions with the Danish public sector.

The National Strategy for Cyber and Information Security 2022-2024 focuses on ensuring secure ICT operations in government and critical infrastructure, as well as equipping citizens and businesses with the tools and skills to navigate the digital sphere safely. Domestic and international cyber threats demand a joint effort to protect Denmark from malicious cybercrime and cyber espionage. The strategy will strengthen existing efforts with a number of initiatives that will tie them together. To implement the strategy, the government has allocated a total of DKK 270 million (EUR 36 million) to 34 initiatives running from 2022 until 2024 to equip Denmark to keep cyber threats at bay – also in future.

Strategic objectives

In the strategy, the Danish Government has defined four strategic objectives which set the framework for the development of a stronger and more secure digital Denmark.

1. Robust protection of vital societal functions

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We need to be able to maintain functions that are essential to society and economic activity in a crisis where critical IT infrastructure might be nonfunctional for a short or longer period of time.

2. Improving and prioritising levels of skills and management

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Cyber and information security must be prioritised in top management, and skills must be strengthened. This applies to an overview of assets, vulnerabilities, and knowledge of potential threats.

3. Strengthening the cooperation between the public and private sectors

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Government agencies and businesses need to cooperate more closely and share knowledge and experiences about threats and incidents.

 

4. Active participation in the international fight against cyber threats

International cooperation with the EU, UN, NATO, and like-minded countries must be strengthened. It must be difficult and have consequences to conduct cyberattacks against Denmark.

About the strategy

The Danish Government’s National Strategy for Cyber and Information Security increases the ambitions for a secure digital Denmark. It focuses on the security of the critical ICT infrastructure that supports essential services.