Vision and principles
The cyber security node shall function as a platform or a network that, based on a common national agenda, initiates and runs innovation and research projects and activities.
The node must be able to mobilize R&I actors and respond to increasingly complex demands, for example, globalization and societal challenges.
The node will function as a lever for joint agendas, roadmaps and investments linked to Swedish innovation capacity. It will also promote mobilization and concentration in joint R&D initiatives.
In addition, the node will function as a resource for national and international policy development.
Principles (in phase 1)
The principles apply to the first phase of the innovation node (ie 2020-June 2021), and should provide guidance in the node’s work during this phase.
- The node’s long-term goals are to strengthen Swedish competitiveness in cyber security, to strengthen Swedish exports within cybersecurity and to contribute to a more secure Sweden.
- The node shall have a clear focus on innovation and research.
- Innovation means to create business, ie. innovate products and services in cybersecurity that can be sold on a market, both within and outside Sweden.
- The node shall give the industry a stronger voice in Swedish cybersecurity.
- This means that both the cybersecurity industry, large industrial companies and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) must be represented within the steering group and the reference group.
- The node should not be an incubator.
- When support in business development is needed, this shall be obtained from external incubators and other innovation support organizations. A continuous collaboration with these organizations shall be sought.
- The node must be needs- and solution oriented, not problem oriented.
- The security industry traditionally has a risk- and problem oriented approach – the node’s work must be needs- and solution oriented. The node must focus on identifying society’s cybersecurity needs, which means looking beyond technology issues and technology problems.
- Risks and issues regarding security and confidentiality must be constantly taken into account in the node’s work.
- In research and development, information is handled that many actors are interested in, both state actors, competing companies and criminal organizations. Information about research regarding information technology and cybersecurity are particularly vulnerable.
- In order to avoid duplication of work, the node must strive for good collaboration with other Swedish actors in the area, especially with authorities and academia.
- The node shall ensure that planned efforts and activities are carried out in consultation with the new Swedish cybersecurity center.
- The node will initially have a focus on Sweden and on actors active in Sweden.
- At a later stage (at the earliest after phase 1) the area of interest can be expanded, e.g. regarding cooperation within the EU.