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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The OSCE is the largest regional security organization in the world and has 57 states from Europe, Central Asia and North America, including the US and Russia. OSCE Member States have agreed upon two series of voluntary CBMs to improve IT stability. It also encourages States exchanging white books, strategic documents and national opinions on IT issues. It also hosts meetings on how to reduce risks perception errors that may deviate from using TIC. It implements a legislation consenting the sharing of information related to ICT usage by terrorists or criminals. It identifies opportunities for collaboration to improve strategic infrastructures’ cybersecurity and it encourages the responsible spreading of ICT vulnerabilities. The OSCE manages a web of secure communications that States can use to keep themselves informed on actions that other States perceive as threats or risks for their security.




Minsk Declaration and Resolutions

This Declaration contains resolutions regarding the challenges that the OSCE area will face, including cybersecurity.


Cyber security training documents

This is a presentation on cybercrime and cybersecurity developed by the OSCE Center in Ashgabat. These documents contain references to ICT security, international law, CBM and anti-terrorism.




Decision No. 5/16 - OSCE Efforts Related to Reducing the Risks of Conflict Stemming from the Use of Information and Communication Technologies

This Decision aims to reduce conflict risks arising from ICT use. To achieve this goal, it suggests the development of CBM (with reference to Decision No. 1202 of the Permanent Council) and other forms of co-operation, such as the exchange of information between OSCE members.


Permanent Council Decision No. 1202

This Decision aims to reduce conflict risks arising from the use of ICT. In order to do so, States are encouraged to carry out cooperation and transparency activities, in line with the UN efforts.


Permanent Council Decision No. 1106

This Decision introduces a first set of CBM measures between OSCE Countries reducing the risks of conflict arising from ICT.


Decision No. 7/06 - Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes

A Decision indicating OSCE Member States’ guidelines in the fight against terrorism in cyberspace.


Decision No. 3/04 - Combating the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes

This Decision encourages OSCE Member States to share information on the use of ICT for counter-terrorism purposes and to develop strategies to combat this threat.




Austrian OSCE Chairmanship Conference on Cyber Security

This Conference was held in Vienna in November 2019 promoting reliable communication channels between participating States. In addition, measures were discussed to combat cyberterrorism and cybercrime, protection of critical infrastructure from ICT activities, and protect Human Rights on the internet.


Virtual Frontier Protection: Potential Impact on Border Security" Roundtable

A Round table promoted by the Border Management Staff College for the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding the fight against cyberspace threats.


Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure: Strengthening Confidence Building in the OSCE

It was a discussion on the importance of protecting critical infrastructures, seen as a possible source of accidents and therefore conflicts.


OSCE Chairmanship Cyber Showcase Event

This Event tries to clarify the situation on cyber-attacks’ attribution problem.


OSCE Chairmanship Event on Effective Strategies to Cyber/ICT Security Threats

Event to contribute to the implementation of the CBM contained in Decision No. 1106 of the Permanent Council and at the same time promote cooperation against cyber threats.


Capacity building in Kosovo

This Mission, carried out in close collaboration with Kosovar institutions, improved the country’s cybersecurity.


Regional Cybercrime Training

This Training aims to enhance South-Eastern European national investigators’ skills, with an emphasis on digital forensics.

last update: 31-Aug-2020
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