Skip to main content

Cybersecurity within total defence

With an increasingly digitalized society, the risk of cyberattacks increases. Critical societal functions as well as individual organizations and companies can be affected by a cyberattack. It is vital to synchronize digital development with increased competence and development of cybersecurity.

Society´s basic functions must work

In a resilient and robust society, basic functions such as energy supply, transport, access to food and drinking water, communication, and healthcare must work even in an event of a disruption. These functions are becoming increasingly dependent on digital technology, which opens up new opportunities but also demands increased cybersecurity.

Individual actors contribute to society´s security

By taking measures to achieve high cybersecurity in your own business, the risk of unwanted intrusion and the unwanted costs of a cyberattack is reduced. At the same time, activities in society are largely interconnected. This gives that the security of each actor also contributes to society´s overall security.

Cyberattacks involve high costs

Motives for a cyberattack can be economical, as in the case of ransomware. The attacker then steals files or systems and threatens to publish or destroy them if a ransom is not paid. In addition to the ransom, such a cyberattack can entail large costs in the form of lost or destroyed data as well as financial loss due to systems – and thus production – being down.

Major consequences from cyberattacks

If IT systems at energy suppliers, water utilities, or industries are affected by advanced viruses, it can lead to serious consequences for society. The purpose of cyberattacks against essential activities can be to identify vulnerabilities, gather information about the country's defence, or access research and other classified information. In addition, these cyberattacks can reduce public confidence in society and its functioning, which would have serious consequences.

Cybersecurity at RISE

In 2021, RISE established the Center for Cyber Security, a neutral platform to strengthen applied research and increase competence in cybersecurity in Sweden. The purpose is to support both businesses and the public sector within the area. Through Centre for Cyber Security, RISE contributes with expertise, research partnerships, and innovation management. We conduct research in IoT covering connected devices and autonomous vehicles, and the cybersecurity economy. 

Cybersecurity Test & Demo

RISE also has a test and demo facility, Cyber range, which enables authentic tests and practical training in cybersecurity. We are an accredited certification body and offer training aimed at equipping the industry and the public sector against possible cyberattacks. RISE also runs Cybernode, a national innovation node in cybersecurity.  

Cybersecurity training

Cybersecurity for board and management teams
Cybersecurity for developers
About critical cyber security
Cybersecurity for IoT products

See all education within cybersecurity.

International activities in cybersecurity

Work to counter cyberattacks and strengthen society's ability to protect itself against cybersecurity threats is fully underway worldwide. RISE is involved in several international collaborations to support research, technology development, and requirements/standards.

Our collaborations with a focus on cybersecurity

Read more about RISE Center for cybersecurity


To total defence and crisis preparedness at RISE


Cannot find what you are looking for or are you curious about how we can help?

Send message
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

* Mandatory By submitting the form, RISE will process your personal data.



Energy supply within total defence

Energy supply in total defense and crisis preparedness is about being able to handle Sweden's energy needs even during crisis and war.

Information/communication- total defence

Information and communication are fundamental parts of the total defence. Without working IT systems, the operations upon which society is based will not work. It is therefore important that society succeeds in preventing, detecti…

Protection & security - total defence

Protection and security are important parameters in total defence and crisis preparedness.

Financial services within total defence

The financial sector depends on technological infrastructure, where cyberattacks are the main threat to the sector. Companies and authorities are carrying out ambitious exercises and at the same time protective measures are taken.…

Transports within total defence

Transport is an important part of total defence and crisis preparedness. It involves transporting people, raw materials, consumables and equipment. But it also covers transporting energy, processing aids and expertise.

Health & medical care - total defence

Health and medical care are important parts of the Swedish total defence and national crisis preparedness.

Production conversion- total defense

During times of crisis and war, our society faces new challenges. Among other things, we need to find an alternative supply of products in health care.