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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last updated : 24/11/2017

Status regarding Budapest Convention

Status : Party Signed : 23/11/2001 Ratified : 25/03/2006 Declarations and reservations : Partially implemented. See legal profile

Cybercrime policies/strategies

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted the Strategy for establishment of CERT in Bosnia and Herzegovina proposed by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011 (http://www.msb.gov.ba/dokumenti/strateski/default.aspx?id=6248&langTag=en-US), the Council of Ministers adopted Decision on Establishment of Computer Emergency Response in March 2017.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has not yet adopted the Strategy on cybersecurity/cybercrime. However, the issues of cybercrime and cyberterrorism have been addressed in the Strategy for fighting organized crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014-2016) (http://www.msb.gov.ba/dokumenti/strateski/default.aspx?id=11926&langTag=en-US) and Strategy for prevention and fight against terrorism (2015-2020) (http://msb.gov.ba/dokumenti/strateski/default.aspx?id=12786&langTag=en-US) which have been proposed by the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and adopted by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

The Government of the Republic of Srpska appointed the Working group for drafting the Republic of Srpska Cyber Security Strategy by adopting the Decision No. 04/1-012-2-2322/16. Also, the Goverment of the Republic of Srpska apointed the Working group for drafting the Republic of Srpska Strategy for fight against cybercrime by adopting the Decision No. 04/1-012-2-2322/16. The drafting process is still on-going.

Specialised institutions

Specialised police cybercrime units were created in the Federal Police Administration and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Srpska. These units deal with the investigation of high-tech crime and perform digital forensics. In Brčko District cybercrime is investigated by specialised investigators in the Criminal Police.

In addition, digital forensics is carried out by the Ministry of the Interior of in the Republic of Srpska, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Agency for forensics and expert examinations, Brčko District Police and cantons’ ministries of interior.

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina entrusted the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina at its 64th session held on 14 July 2016 to form the Computer Emergency ReportTeam for the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. BiHCERT’s mandate will include services related to provision of information on potential vulnerabilities and management of incidents in the domain of electronic security to all state level institutions and their supporting service providers, it primarily acts as an expert body.

CERT RS is the national computer security incident response team of the Republic of Srpska. It is part of the Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education, and Information Society of the Republic of Srpska. Its primary mission is the coordination of computer security incident prevention, incident response and general protection of the cyber space of the Republic of Srpska. It is operational since 2015. 

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