This conference, supported by the Institute for East Asian Studies, hosted a series of speakers from universities in the United States, Asia, and Europe to address the question of how governments are responding to the challenges posed by cybersecurity. Specifically, speakers considered how states have sought to build and support their national cybersecurity market using a variety of industrial policy tools.
The project evaluates the role of firms, governments, and other key stakeholders in the rise of industrial policy in important states in the cybersecurity industry. During the course of the conference, we considered the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan, the EU and key European states. Our goals were as follows: 1) to examine the motivation for government promotion of the cybersecurity industry; 2) to inventory existing measures employed by these countries; 3) to understand the driving forces of cybersecurity industrial policy in these countries; and 4) to examine the likelihood that conflicts that will arise from the competitive pursuit of such industrial policies and how they might possibly be resolved through international cooperation using a common analytical framework from international political economy to serve as the comparative structure for this project.