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Cybercrime policies/strategies

The National Cyber Security Strategy of Lithuania was approved by Resolution No. 818 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on 13 August 2018. The main purpose of the strategy is to provide to Lithuanian people the opportunity to explore the potential of ICT by identifying cyber incidents timely and effectively, by preventing cyber incidents and their recurrence, and by managing the impact of cybersecurity breaches.

The strategy is composed of five target areas, namely:

  • to strengthen the cyber security of the country and the development of cyber defense capabilities;
  • to ensure prevention and investigation of criminal offences in cyber space; to promote cyber security culture and development of innovation;
  • to strengthen a close cooperation between private and public sectors and to enhance international cooperation;
  • to ensure the fulfilment of international obligations in the field of cyber security.

The second target area of the strategy, to ensure prevention and investigation of criminal offences in cyber space, is in turn detailed into two specific Objectives: to develop capabilities and capacities of the country for combating cybercrimes and to strengthen the prevention and control of cybercrimes.




In 2011, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania adopted Cyber Security Development Programme for the period of 2011–2019. The ultimate goal of the Programme was to ensure security of information resources of the State, efficient functioning of critical infrastructure, and provide a safe and secure cyber environment for Lithuanian residents and visitors alike. The Programme sets out a complex of actions to achieve the set goal.


One of the substantial steps in strengthening cyber security in Lithuania, was the adoption of the Law on Cyber Security in 2014. It established a clear framework for cyber security system in Lithuania, setting out organization, management and control of the system, as well as defining key notions and terms used in this scope.

As a member of the European Union and a partner in other international fora, Lithuania also implements EU and international policies in the area of cyber security.

Specialised institutions

In Lithuania, cyber security issues fall within the competence of several governmental bodies and institutions.

On a policy-making level, the responsible bodies are the Government and the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania.

Following the adoption of the Law on Cyber Security on January 1, 2015, National Cyber Security Center was established. It is responsible for cyber security issues, related to security of State information resources and critical infrastructure.

To increase the efficiency of criminal prosecution for cyber crimes, prosecutor's offices have specialized prosecutors assigned to cyber cases.

On an operational level, prevention and investigation of cyber-related offenses fall under the responsibility of the Lithuanian Police. Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau, as the central criminal police body, has a specialized cybercrime division, which is responsible for cyber-related serious and organized crime, high-profile crimes, international, regional investigations. Additionally, each county has a specialized unit established or officer appointed (for smaller counties) at the county police headquarters. Their responsibility is limited to the territory of their county.

Cyber security issues are also monitored by Lithuanian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-LT). Its main task is to promote security in the information society by preventing, observing. 

Jurisprudence/case law

Lithuanian case law is available in electronic court system search (in Lithuanian only).

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