Cyber Incident Classification System at Center of OSCE Workshop in Banja Luka
The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina supported a workshop on “National Classification of Cyber Incidents” for South Eastern and Eastern Europe in Banja Luka on 22-23 September 2022. The workshop was organized by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department (TNTD), in collaboration with the Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development and Higher Education and Information Society of the Republika Srpska.
The workshop brought together experts in the field of cybersecurity/ICT security from South East and Eastern Europe, as well as policy makers, security managers and ICT experts. The discussions aimed to raise awareness of the importance of national classification of cyber incidents and to enable an exchange of good practices in national cyber incident classification systems in the OSCE area.
Ambassador Tadeusz Chomicki, Head of Cyber and Technology Affairs at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representing the OSCE Chairmanship in 2022, stressed that “threats to critical infrastructure are often cross-border, therefore development and implementation of national cybersecurity incident classification systems are an important element for international cooperation, to achieve comparable situational awareness and an assessment of the severity of the threat and the number of countries it may affect .
Mr. Jiri Rous, Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Banja Luka Field Office, recalled that “it is high time for BiH to operationalize the Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) for the institutions of BiH and FBiH, and initiates the collaborative development of a cybersecurity framework strategy for BiH”.
“Cyber incidents are becoming more frequent and pose a growing threat to security and stability,” said Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Deputy Security Minister Mladen Mrkaja.
“At the Ministry of Security, we are working on some systematic solutions, mainly on the creation of a computer security incident response team for the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The biggest challenge we face is the provision adequate staff trained to fight against cyber incidents and infrastructure protection.For this reason, it is necessary to make additional efforts to build these capacities,” added Mrkaja.
“Due to increasingly frequent hacker attacks, it is necessary to establish a metric system for classifying cyber incidents in order to adequately respond to these threats,” said Minister of Science and Technology Development, higher education and the information society. of the Republika Srpska, Srđan Rajčević. “The three basic assumptions of cybersecurity are availability, integrity and confidentiality of data. When any of these principles are breached, we have what is called a cyber incident, which now happens on a daily basis,” added Minister Rajčević.