The development of information technology creates national and global
challenges and new opportunities. It is a development that challenges many
traditional ideas and has resulted in new forms of interaction between people.
These changes also make society more vulnerable, entailing huge challenges for
The Swedish Defence Commission notes in its 2013 report, Choices in a
globalised world (Ds 2013:33), that the vulnerabilities arising in today's global
IT system are, and for the foreseeable future will continue to be, one of our
most complex issues. The Swedish Defence Commission emphasises in its 2014
report The Defence of Sweden (Ds 2014:20) that there is a continuing need to
evaluate possibilities for further strengthening the robustness of IT in society
and to analyse the need for developing cyber capabilities. In the report
submitted by the Swedish National Audit Office (RiR 2014:23) the picture of
the challenges facing society becomes even clearer.