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The Problem of the P3: Public-Private Partnerships in National Cyber Security Strategies / Madeline Carr; Tom Crick

Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Cyber Security for Sustainable Society

Swansea University Author: Crick, Tom

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Cyber security is an emerging -- and increasingly high profile -- national policy concern; not only in terms of material vulnerabilities but also in terms of conceptualising security approaches. Many states, particularly Western democracies, have situated the 'public-private partnership' (...

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Published in: Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Cyber Security for Sustainable Society
ISSN: 2052-8604
Published: Coventry, UK 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43770
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Abstract: Cyber security is an emerging -- and increasingly high profile -- national policy concern; not only in terms of material vulnerabilities but also in terms of conceptualising security approaches. Many states, particularly Western democracies, have situated the 'public-private partnership' (P3) at the centre of their national cyber security strategies. However, there has been a persistent ambiguity around this fundamental concept: policymakers regard the state as without the capability and also without the mandate to impose security requirements beyond government-owned systems; the private sector, however, is highly averse to accepting responsibility for national security and will fund cyber security only within the parameters of the profit/risk calculation appropriate for a shareholder-based arrangement. Amidst increasing suggestions that a market-led approach to cyber security has failed, a deeper exploration at the ideas and concepts behind this approach finds that a reliance on the P3 emerges from deeply held and shared beliefs about government legitimacy and private authority which may not be easily reconciled with wider national security issues for a modern digital economy.
Item Description: 1st International Conference on Cyber Security for Sustainable Society (CSSS 2015)
College: College of Arts and Humanities