The professional arena of cyber security in Denmark

Lea Foverskov

Student thesis: Master thesis


Cyber security has risen to prominence on the transnational political scene in recent years. The focus has been on the threat posed by potential adversaries to the critical infrastructure of nations. In the name of collective security, intelligence agencies are resorting to mass surveillance and privacy intrusions. In contrast, computer security specialists focus on securing end points of networks, approaching the manner more tech-nically. This thesis explains why these two approaches are opposed to each other by employing Andrew Ab-bott’s approach to studying professions as well as his analytical framework of linked ecologies. Focusing on Denmark, the interview-based study traces the relations between experts in the business community, which constitutes a community of practice. Caused by various structural conditions, excess demand for cyber secu-rity services, and government intervention, an actual cyber security profession is emerging, although the causes are at variance with the assumptions in Abbott’s theory. Cyber security has become an arena of com-petition between different professions and different ecologies, and it is difficult to tell whether IT security experts or legal experts will dominate the policy arena in the future. In the end, more regulations on how firms and public organisations should conduct themselves in cyberspace may be the result of the current spotlight, although this may not contribute to more effective cyber security.

EducationsMSc in International Business and Politics, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2015
Number of pages90