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EUROPEAN E-READINESS? CYBER DIMENSION OF NATIONAL SECURITY POLICIES

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Author(s): Uros Svete

Journal: Journal of Comparative Politics
ISSN 1337-7477

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 38;
Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The majority of social processes have become very dependent on information and communication technologies (ICT) according to their quick development and increasing use. With the emergence of new technologies and growing dependence of society on ICT, threats have emerged, which experts described as new. Information security or cyber dimension of national security has thus become an increasing priority for the countries, but they face these new threats differently. This article contains a specialized in-depth analysis of the situation of ICT in Estonia, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The selection of the countries was based on their ICT development, experience with information threats and membership in various political and security organizations. We examined the following indicators: the incidence of threats, normative (legal) acts and actors who are responsible for assuring information security. These indicators subsequently allowed us a detailed understanding of ICT threats faced by selected countries and their responses to them.
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