The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) aims to strengthen international cooperation and coordination on Cyber Capacity Building (CCB). The goal is to identify successful policies and best practices and multiply these on a global level. A brief overview of the developments and achievements from 2015 to present can be found here.
The CCB process
In April 2015, the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) took place in The Hague, The Netherlands. One of the key topics of the conference was Cyber Capacity Building. As main result of this conference, the GFCE was launched.
In 2015 and 2016, the focus of the GFCE was to build and expand a strong GFCE network. The platform started out with 42 Members from all over the world. Since then, the number of Members almost doubled, multiple Partners connected with the GFCE and an Advisory Board with cyber experts has been established. The Members and Partners cooperate on projects called initiatives. These initiatives are focused on different topics, such as awareness raising, CIIP, cybercrime training, and internet infrastructure, either with a global or with a regional focus.
In 2017, the GFCE’s focus shifted from building and expanding the network to positioning the GFCE as a coordinating platform for Cyber Capacity Building. On November 24th 2017, the GFCE community endorsed the Delhi Communiqué on a GFCE Global Agenda for Cyber Capacity Building, which prioritizes five themes in Cyber Capacity Building and calls for action to jointly strengthen global cyber capacities. The five identified themes are:
- Cyber Security Policy and Strategy;
- Cyber Incident Management and Critical Information Protection;
- Cyber Security Culture and Skills;
- Cyber Security Standards.
An important step towards concrete action for Cyber Capacity Building worldwide was in the form of GFCE Working Groups. These Working Groups each focus on one of the five identified themes. The aim of the Working Groups is to strengthen international cooperation by developing a common focus, enabling efficient use of the available resources and avoiding duplication of efforts.
In 2018, the five Working Groups developed in a rapid pace. About 80% of the entire GFCE Community contributes to the Working Groups. Some of these Working Groups are even divided into smaller and more topic-specific Task Forces. The Working Groups currently engage in activities like are desk research and mapping exercises, made possible by regular calls and physical meetings.
From Awareness to Implementation
Since the launch in 2015, the focus has shifted from raising awareness, through building and expanding the network, to positioning the GFCE as a coordinating platform. In 2019, the aim will be to facilitate and to coordinate knowledge and expertise sharing for the implementation of Cyber Capacity Building. Most importantly, the GFCE Working Groups will shift into the next gear towards a clearing house mechanism.