• Article: Economics of Cybersecurity

    In this article published by AICGS, Dr. Tim Stuchtey addresses five key points on cybersecurity that should be considered in the design of a German national security strategy. They include the question of responsibility for protection in cyberspace as well as the discussion on digital sovereignty, the external effects associated with advancing digitalization, and the limits of responsibility.

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  • Analysis: Dark Crypto

    Blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies based on it offer significant innovation potential for business and society. However, cryptocurrencies have at the same time become the primary payment method for certain criminal activities. In a study for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Johannes Rieckmann and Tim Stuchtey provide an overview of the illegal uses of cryptocurrencies and formulate policy recommendations to limit their misuse.

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  • New Policy Paper

    In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, a power outage, or a failure of the IT and communications network, electronic payment systems can no longer function. In this case, a resilient cash cycle can keep the economic cycle running. For this policy paper, the authors analyzed past international disasters and conducted interviews with key central bank actors from three countries to gain insights into their experiences and lessons learned.

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Economics of Security

The economics of security examines the provision of scarce goods and services that contribute to the state of security in a particular place. Security is defined as a function of Threat and Protection, with Security decreasing in the former and increasing in the latter.* This broad definition** encompasses […]

Cyber Security

BIGS is particularly dedicated to the economic and social dimensions within the research field of cyber security. Although cooperation between government, business and science regarding cyber security is improving on the national as well as international level, there is still […]

Capacity Building for Civil Security Research

BIGS not only participates in research projects itself, but actively strives to improve the research landscape through high-performance consortia. The institute has a large international network of users and research institutes in the field of civil security research. Through the […]

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan non-profit institute in Potsdam with the mission of building bridges between theory and practice to improve research in civil security through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. Research at the institute seeks to analyze security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to supply needed insights into these issues, while at the same time strengthening Germany’s broader security architecture over the long term.

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