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Cybercrime policies/strategies

Rwanda has not yet published a national cybercrime strategy.

However, a cyber security policy was established in 2015. In the policy, it is stated that the Government of Rwanda (GoR) has invested significantly in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and applications, as a cornerstone for National economic growth. ICT is recognized as a key enabler for economic growth and social mobility and is expected to improve Rwandans’ standard of living as part of the Integrated ICT-led Socio-Economic Development Policy and Plan.

Law 27/2016 establishes a National Cyber Security Authority, responsible for:

  • Advising the President and other public and private institutions on strategies to defend the country's interests in cyberspace;
  • Conducting cyber intelligence on any national security threat in cyberspace and provide information from such intelligence to the relevant organs;
  • Establishing guidelines on the basis of national, regional and international ICT security principles;
  • Coordinating and implementing the national ICT security policy and strategy;
  • Developing strategies to secure all electronic operations;
  • Monitoring all national ICT security programs;
  • Preventing cyber-attacks in order to protect ICT infrastructure in general and critical information infrastructure in particular;
  • Establishing and promoting national cyber security education programs, foster research and develop industry in the ICT field;
  • Creating awareness about cyber security;
  • Collaborating with other public and private institutions and other information technology-related bodies to ensure national ICT security;
  • Cooperating and collaborating with other regional and international organs in charge of cyber security;
  • Providing national defence and security organs with the necessary support to attain their responsibilities in relation to cyberspace;
  • Performing other duties as may be assigned by the President.

Specialised institutions

Rwanda has established a CSIRT in 2014. Its roles are:

  • Serving as national point of contact for computer security incidents coordination and response;
  • Providing accurate and timely information on current and emerging cyber security threats and vulnerabilities;
  • Building cyber security capacities to handle cyber security incidents and threats;
  • Promoting information security awareness;
  • Promoting research and development in the cyber security field;
  • Promoting regional and international cooperation.

In the National Police, there is a department specialized in Information Technology and Cyber Security.

Jurisprudence/case law

The Judiciary system of Rwanda has a dedicated web page, where there is also an archive of court decisions:

Sources and links

Rwanda National Police -

Judiciary -

Rwanda Information Society Authority -

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