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Moving the human being into the focus of cyber security

Acknowledging the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in relation to the functioning of contemporary societies, the states of the European High North have endorsed information and/or cybersecurity strategies which aim to safeguard both information and information infrastructure. However, the strategies neither fully recognise the challenges and threats associated with the use of ICT in everyday life nor acknowledge regional peculiarities within the different states. This chapter elaborates the enabling and constraining effects of digitalisation at the regional level. It discusses how a human-centred security approach to digitalisation could broaden the current cybersecurity frameworks by considering the impacts of digitalisation on the individual and sub-state community levels. The chapter concludes that a human-centred cybersecurity approach positions human wellbeing as the focus of cybersecurity.

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