About this step
It is essential to involve non-government stakeholders in the production of a National Cybersecurity Strategy. As in all policy areas, the involvement of a broad range of stakeholders, with diverse expertise, from the private sector, civil society and academia can result in government having better information and suggestions that result in better policy. However, the involvement of organisations and experts from outside government is especially important for cybersecurity strategy, because they are critical to the effective implementation of the strategy. For example, companies are vital to the running of critical national infrastructure, the protection of that infrastructure and the response when infrastructure is subject to a cybersecurity incident.
A resource for implementing this step is the Toolkit for Inclusive and Value-based Cybersecurity Policymaking. This includes a guide for policymakers on involving relevant stakeholders in the process of developing, implementing and reviewing an National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCSS).