Managing New Issues: Cyber Security in an Era of Technological Change

Managing New Issues: Cyber Security in an Era of Technological Change

Managing New Issues: Cyber Security in an Era of Technological Change

Managing New Issues: Cyber Security in an Era of Technological Change


This report reflects the findings of a conference on cyber security and cyber crime in 2002 in The Hague, The Netherlands. It looks into the urgency for a better common understanding and better cooperation on these issues, in the light of the growth of the Internet, both in terms of number of users and in terms of social, cultural and economic impact. Focus was at three themes regarding the role of the public and the private sector in dealing with cyber security and cyber crime: What are the threats and what is the matrix of possible responses? How should Europe and the United States cooperate? How should the public and the private sector work together?


This report is based on the Conference on Cyber Security co-organized by the US Embassy in The Hague and RAND Europe on April 9, 2001 in The Hague. It is the product of the efforts of many organizations and individuals, both organizers and participants.

The conference was born of a conversation between Ambassador Cynthia Schneider and David Gompert, President of RAND Europe and both continued to play a leadership role in converting the vision of a conference into reality.

The American Embassy in The Hague, under the direction of Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, played a seminal role in the preparation for and the conduct of the conference. Public Affairs Counsellor Angier Peavy effectively organized the preparatory meeting at the Embassy and ran the conference with verve, ably assisted by Embassy staff. Counsellor for Economic Affairs Mark Tokola was indefatigable in putting together the roster of speakers, and in organizing the preparations as well as the follow-up.

Royal Dutch Shell was a strong supporter of the conference from the beginning. Its enthusiastic sponsorship was personified by Pieter van Dijken, whose energetic and ever constructive role smoothed out key difficulties.

Ultimately, it was the diverse and informed group of speakers, the panel chairmen, and the participants in the discussion who gave life to the conference and who gave shape to the issues and questions that this report seeks to capture.

RAND Europe is an independent not-for-profit policy research organization that serves the public interest by improving policymaking and informing public debate. This report has been peer-reviewed in accordance with RAND's quality assurance standards (see and therefore may be represented as a RAND Europe product.

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