Cyber revolutionCybersecurity is embracing more and more concepts, says Prof. Bibi van den Berg. ‘It used to be just about protecting data. Now we use it to refer to things like the consequences of disruptions to ICT processes and the structures of organisations, and the processes involved.’ In her chairship of Cybersecurity Governance, Van den Berg researches all the non-technological measures that can be taken to improve cybersecurity. These measures include policy, legislation and regulations, social norms and market incentives. ‘So much has changed in the last ten years that we can’t understand all the consequences. We have experienced a true cyber revolution.’
What do citizens think?
Van den Berg has three core points to make. First, she points to the importance of the contribution the social sciences and humanities can make to cybersecurity: ‘The discipline is still very much focused on technology. For example, businesses and the government still often use risk management to identify cybersecurity issues. This method arose out of the technical industry and is very focused on numbers. In my view, you shouldn’t apply those numbers uncritically; you should also look at factors like risk perception. What do citizens think about it? What is their experience of the risks? And what is the impact of politicians’ statements?’
CBS is currently seeing a shift: there is increased cooperation with other research institutions and CBS is improving the user options for its data’