Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Last Updated: April 2020

Relevant Strategy Documents, Other Documents, and Communications.

Strategy Documents

Official documents of the intergovernmental organization designed to outline the policy plans, priorities, and principles in cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related matters.

Minsk Declaration and Resolutions
OSCE Paliamentary Assembly
Urges that measures be taken to enhance cybersecurity between States, to prevent tension and conflicts stemming from the use of information and communication technologies, and to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats, including by strengthening the implementation of the OSCE’s confidence-building measures in the area of cybersecurity and facilitating co-operation among the competent national bodies and law enforcement agencies
5-9 July 2017
Other Documents

Guideline documents that lay out common approaches, frameworks, best practices etc. pertaining to cyber policy.

Cyber security training documents
OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Material for a cyber security workshop developed by the Centre in Ashgabat
November 2015

Relevant Specialized Agencies and Key Positions.


Regulations and Directives.

Regulations and Directives

Rules and guidelines agreed upon by the organization related to cyber policy matters.

Decision No. 5/16 - OSCE Efforts Related to Reducing the Risks of Conflict Stemming from the Use of Information and Communication Technologies
OSCE Ministerial Council
Endorses the adoption of Decision No .1202, stresses importance of implementing confidence building measures, invites ways to strengthen work in this field
9 December 2016
Permanent Council Decision No. 1202
OSCE Permanent Council
Expansion of confidence-building measures (CBMs) to enhance security and stability in the cyber domain and reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of Information and Communication Technologies
10 March 2016
Permanent Council Decision No. 1106
OSCE Permanent Council
Initial set of OSCE confidence-building measures to reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of information and communication technologies
3 December 2013
Decision No. 7/06 - Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes
OSCE Ministerial Council
Enhances international co-operation on countering the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes; among other actions, includes calls on states to consider taking all appropriate measures to protect vital critical information infrastructures and networks against the threat of cyber attacks
5 December 2006
Decision No. 3/04 - Combating the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes
OSCE Ministerial Council
Directs states to exchange information on the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes and identify possible strategies to combat this threat
7 December 2004

Relevant Meetings, Activities, and External Cooperation.


Conferences and dialogues related to cyber policy matters carried out by the regional, sub-regional or multilateral organization.

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship Conference on Cyber Security
OSCE Chairmanship
Themes to be addressed by points of contact include co-operative measures to
  1. Address terrorist and criminal use of ICTs in line with OSCE commitments;
  2. Protecting critical infrastructure from malicious ICT activities; and
  3. Protection of human rights on the Internet.
3 November 2017
"Virtual Frontier Protection: Potential Impact on Border Security" Roundtable
OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC)
Exchanged ideas concerning cyberspace threats, trends and dynamics; cybersecurity legislation, best practices and standards; and counteracting cyber threats through effective strategies
9 June 2017
Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure: Strengthening Confidence Building in the OSCE
OSCE Chairmanship
Discussion took stock of potential ICT-related threats to critical infrastructure and their consequences, explored how public-private partnerships in critical infrastructures can deal with potential ICT-related threats, and debated the compatibility between the maintenance of an open and secure cyber environment and the requirements of civil liberties and privacy in the interne
15 February 2017
OSCE Chairmanship Cyber Showcase Event
OSCE Chairmanship
Focus on the difficulty in attributing cyber-attacks
4 November 2016
OSCE Chairmanship Event on Effective Strategies to Cyber/ICT Security Threats
OSCE Chairmanship
Workshop to take stock of- and contribute to the implementation of the initial set of OSCE confidence-building measures (No. 1106) with a particular focus on developing effective strategies do deal with cyber/ICT security threats
29-30 October 2015

Joint exercises, training programs, and other initiatives related to cyber policy matters undertaken by the organization.

Capacity building in Kosovo
OSCE Mission in Kosovo
• Assists in the development and support of the annual reviews of the Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan
• Plays an active role in its implementation as part of the government working group
• Facilitates workshops, local and regional conferences with the Kosovo Police to address domestic and international cyber threats
2016 (ongoing)
Regional Cybercrime Training
OSCE Transnational Threats Department, Strategic Police Matters Unit

Aimed at police investigators and digital forensics examiners in South-Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

September 2016
External Cooperation

Legally binding and non-legally binding agreement(s) and initiatives related to cyber policy matters undertaken by the organization with non-member States and other organizations.

Central Asian Forum on Internet Development, support
OSCE Programme Office in Astana, Kazakhstan
• discussed problems and development trends in the Internet space of Central Asia
• held in co-operation with the International Centre for Journalism MediaNet and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstan
12-13 May 2016
Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, Member
A global platform for countries, international organizations and private companies to exchange best practices and expertise on cyber capacity building
2015 (established)

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