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Sharing knowledge for
the cybersecurity of all

An Observatory, by definition, analyses a given reality with the aim of making it more understandable and, therefore, the action in relation to it more conscious and strategic. The Cybersecurity Observatory aims to observe the cybersecurity phenomenon in Portugal, in its various components, in order to inform stakeholders and support the definition of public policies. With a multidisciplinary vision, the Cybersecurity Observatory systematises available information or promotes its collection in the domains of Society, Economy, Public Policies, Ethics and Law, Risks and Conflicts, as well as Innovation and Future Technologies.

Consult the reports and bulletins already published by the Observatory.


Observation Lines


Reports


STUDY ON POST-SECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION IN CYBERSECURITY

This study presents a characterisation of the courses in cybersecurity and the implementation of cybersecurity contents in courses and study cycles in the area of Computer Science in Portugal, focusing on post-secondary and higher education. It also analyses the master's dissertations and doctoral theses, over the last 10 years, in cybersecurity.


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SOCIETY 2021 REPORT

The 3rd edition of this Report, besides, as usual, analysing the data on attitudes, behaviour, education and awareness regarding cybersecurity, has as a novelty the highlighting of some indicators correlated with possible impacts of the National Strategy for Cyberspace Security; a new chapter on the uses of digital technologies in general; the deepening of the survey on awareness-raising actions; and a set of recommendations

Updates to the document:

1ST - 25/01/2022
2ND - 14/02/2022

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PUBLIC POLICY REPORT 2021

The Report on Public Policies on Cybersecurity surveys national Public Strategies and Programmes related to cybersecurity and analyses available indicators on citizens' perceptions regarding the intersection between public policies and cyberspace security.

Updates to the document:

1ST - 11/12/2021

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RISKS AND CONFLICTS REPORT 2021

The Risks & Conflicts 2021 Report analyses the year 2020 and previews 2021 and 2022, using indicators produced by the CNCS itself, contributions from various partners and data resulting from community surveys, as well as an overview of public data from other entities.

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ETHICS AND LAW REPORT 2020

The Report Cybersecurity in Portugal - Ethics & Law 2020 describes some of the ethical problems that are faced in relation to cybersecurity and makes a history of the Portuguese and European laws that are related to this domain. It also tries to show some aspects related to the application of these laws in Portugal.

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SOCIETY 2020 REPORT

The Cybersecurity in Portugal Report - Society 2020 is the second edition of the Society Observation Line Report. As in the first edition of 2019, this document presents indicators on attitudes and behaviours, as well as education and awareness, regarding cybersecurity, in Portugal. This edition updates data from the previous Report, but also adds information on organisations. It also makes a global analysis that allows a synthetic perspective on this reality, presenting the strengths and weaknesses of the country in these matters.

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RISKS & CONFLICTS REPORT 2020

The Risks & Conflicts 2020 Report presents the main indicators of risks and conflicts in the field of cybersecurity, taking into account actors, incidents, threats and prospects, with a focus on cyberspace of Portuguese national interest, in relation to the year 2019, but also considering previous years and possible future developments.

Updates to the document:

1ST - 26/06/2020
2ND - 18/06/2021

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SOCIETY REPORT 2019

The 2019 Society Report presents a set of indicators from several sources, concerning the attitudes, behaviours and education/awareness of the Portuguese regarding cybersecurity. This Report privileges the most recent data, internationally comparable and observable over time.

Updates to the document:

1ST - 02/01/2020
2ND- 16/01/2020

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Cybersecurity observatory bulletins

The Cybersecurity Observatory Bulletin is a newsletter that disseminates data, trends, events and documents that help to know the state of Cybersecurity in Portugal in its various domains, drawing attention to contents considered relevant during the period in question.

Enquiries

The Cybersecurity Observatory develops surveys, often in collaboration with other partner entities, on the state of cybersecurity in a wide variety of domains.

Cybersecurity and Distance Learning Survey - January 2021

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This survey, in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Education, was aimed at non-university teachers and focuses on the cybersecurity-related behaviours experienced by the teaching profession during the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, during which distance learning replaced face-to-face teaching, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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PT References and data

The Cybersecurity Observatory has a multidisciplinary approach to the computer security phenomenon, integrating in its field of observation several areas of knowledge. They are Society, Economy, Public Policies, Ethics and Law, Risks and Conflicts, as well as Innovation and Future Technologies. We make available below a set of public documents, from national and international entities, which serve as a source for the study of each of these aspects of Cybersecurity in Portugal.


Mission, vision and values

MISSION

The Cybersecurity Observatory aims to be a platform for analysis and systematisation of knowledge, as well as for debate, around multidisciplinary cybersecurity issues, identifying trends with temporal references and articulating the various stakeholders in the collection of information.


VISION

Development and dissemination of multidisciplinary knowledge on cybersecurity in the creation of a more secure society, aware of the risks inherent to cyberspace.


OBJECTIVES
  • Systematise the knowledge and data available on behaviour, technology and the market in the field of cybersecurity;
  • Identify trends based on systematised information;
  • Promote debate and reflection around cybersecurity, articulating higher education, the public sector and the private sector;
  • Contribute to the construction of models of good practice and to the definition of public policies.

Advisory Board and Partners

As a governance model, the Cybersecurity Observatory operates in two spheres:


ADVISORY BOARD

Constituted by academics from each of the scientific areas of the Observation Lines, its mission is to evaluate, propose and discuss indicators, research and products, as well as to suggest the preparation of documents and the holding of meetings. The Advisory Board must work as a whole, but eventually it may be divided into sectorial working groups.


CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD

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Alexandre Sousa Pinheiro University Professor in Law
António Brandão Moniz Faculty of Science and Technology - Nova University of Lisbon
José Luís Garcia Institute of Social Sciences - University of Lisbon
Luís Antunes Faculty of Sciences - University of Porto
Manuel Mira Godinho Higher Institute of Economics and Management - University of Lisbon
Maria Eduarda Gonçalves ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute
Paulo Esteves-Veríssimo KAUST - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Pedro Miguel Alves Ribeiro Correia Law Faculty - University of Coimbra
Sandro Miguel Ferreira Mendonça ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute


PARCEIROS
With a view to involving the community, the Cybersecurity Observatory intends to create relations within its scope with civil society entities, with whom we try to contact and establish partnerships. These entities may contribute in three different ways, depending on their characteristics, to the knowledge about cybersecurity in Portugal: producing statistics, developing R&D or mediating the collection of data among the target publics.

Last updated on 28-09-2022