Date: 11/05/2017

Briefing Session on Cyber Security

The importance of and means for successful establishment of cyber security and the risks that stem from digitization in both the public and private sector were introduced at a meeting on cyber security within a Digital Economy Platform.

At the beginning of the meeting it was pointed out that the adoption of a Cyber Security Law presents an important step that Serbia should take in the process of European integration. But there are still a large number of issues that are uncovered. In this context, it was highlighted the necessity of adopting a national strategy of cyber security that will define concrete goals and ways of achieving them, as well as the adoption of a national action plan, which will determine guidelines for the implementation of this strategy. The current regulatory framework on cyber security predicts the establishment of a National Center for the Prevention of Security Risks (CERT), which is one of the most important provisions provided by this Law.

The importance of developing awareness that the introduction of a stable information structure can avoid the negative effects of digitization. This is particularly because of the greater and more frequent use of information technology in public and private affairs is the main answer to the potential of digital threats. Some of the security risks are the use of sophisticated methods of cyber attacks increasing the vulnerability of the system, the availability of information that can be misused and orientation of cyber attackers to end-users. In addition, there are also specified economic implications of cyber attacks, such as compromising the pace of innovation, providing less funding for the IT industry, skeptical acceptance of new technology, etc. In this context, it was pointed out that education and training people with the aim of prevention and defense against potential cyber attacks is one of the most effective steps that can be taken in the fight against cyber crime.

Information security is an area where there is an important role for both state and private sector. Currently, the corporate sector is interested in and more open to the introduction of information secure structures in business operations in relation to state authorities, while the public sector needs to strengthen its capacity for defense against potential cyber attacks. Trust between the two sectors is crucial and is a response to the threats to information security. One of the most important steps is to establish a strong public-private partnership. Public-private partnerships would be the most effective framework in the struggle against cyber crime. Within this will be established strong cooperation among all relevant stakeholders and improving information security.

The moderator of the meeting was Miloš Stojković, from Živković samardžić Law Office and Leader of the AmCham Digital Economy Regulatory Stream. Other participants were Vladimir Radunović, Diplo Foundation, Milan Nikolić, Telenor Serbia, Adel Abusara, OEBS Mission in Serbia, Nikola Božić, Petnica Research Centre and Milan Sekulovski, Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

Recommendations and notes from the meeting can be found here.