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Cybercrime policies/strategies

The Ministry of Interior of Iceland published in 2015 the Icelandic National Cyber Security Strategy for 2015 – 2026 together with the Plan of action for the 2015 – 2018 period. The main strategy aims are:

1. Capacity building - Increased capacity to prevent and respond to cyber security threats

2. Increased resilience

3. Improved legislation in line with international commitments

4. Tackling cybercime / reliable law enforcement as regards cyber security: which aims for the police to have, or have access to, the professional knowledge, skills and equipment needed to resolve issues concerning cyber crime.


A Cybersecurity Capacity Review Undertaken by the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, University of Oxford provides 6 recommendations related to the 2015-2026 National Cyber Security Strategy:

  1. Explicit links to national risks, priorities, objectives, business development, raising awareness, mitigating cybercrime, and protecting critical infrastructure;
  2. Encourage promotion and implementation of the strategy across government and other sectors;
  3. Discrete cybersecurity line item in the budget to allocate/manage resources;
  4. Conduct regular simulations and exercises that provide picture of national cyber resilience;
  5. Collect and evaluate relevant metrics, monitoring processes, and data;
  6. Include provision for protection against insider threats.

The same study provides 16 detailed recommendations for the Legal and Regulatory Framework dimension.

Specialised institutions

Ministry of Justice, National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police: The main functions of the Office of the National Commissioner of Police include handling international contacts in the field of law enforcement.

Ministry of Justice - Department of Public Security and Criminal Justice: The department is responsible for public administration in major areas of the justice system, i.e. policing, public prosecution and enforcement of sentences, and public safety, including civil protection and search-and-rescue operations. Its Functions and principal tasks include handling Organised crime, International legal assistance in criminal cases, including letters rogatory and extradition and Monitoring, cybersecurity and protection of key social infrastructure

Director of Public Prosecutions handles international relations on behalf of the prosecution authority as well as requests on legal assistance from authorities in other countries and cases regarding a demand for the extradition/delivery of foreign and Icelandic citizens

Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) is responsible for the administration of electronic communications and postal affairs in Iceland.


The Icelandic Data Protection Authority

Jurisprudence/case law

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