Cyber security in Kosovo

AuthorNaim Baftiu
PositionUniversity 'Ukshin Hoti' Prizren
Vol. 1 No. 1
January 2017
European Journal of Economics, Law and Social Sciences
IIPCCL Publishing, Graz-Austria
ISSN 2519-1284
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Cyber security in Kosovo
Naim Ba iu
University "Ukshin Hoti" Prizren
Internet cyber space represents one of the most important drivers of innovation, growth and
competitiveness of national economies worldwide. This cyber freedom and human values
should be protected in the same way as in the o ine world. Digital infrastructure should be
protected from potential incidents, misuse and malicious activities. Government institutions
should have the leading role, set policies and guidelines to ensure not only the opening and
the involvement of every citizen, but also the security of cyberspace.
In Kosovo, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) has expanded
rapidly since 2000, while ICT is already playing an important role in all aspects of our lives.
Internet penetration in Kosovo is 76.6%, which is very similar to the average of the European
Union (EU), while the behavior of the citizens of Kosovo on the Internet appears to be
similar to global trends. Most of Kosovo's institutions have shi ed their daily chores online,
including organizations that provide critical infrastructure sectors such as energy, water,
health, transportation, and communication. These systems improve the quality and speed of
services provided, by helping organizations that work in the most productive manner, thus
contributing to the improvement of living standards. However, at the same time, they are
exposed to di erent risks in the Internet space. These risks remain in violation inevitable in
ICT, and can cause lack of service or misuse of services, resulting in damage (loss) potential
of human lives, economic losses greatly, destruction of public order as well as threats to state
security. Main purpose of this paper is to analyze the policies for the cyber security taken from
the Government of Kosovo.
Keywords: Internet, security, services, Kosovo.
Internet freedom and human values should be protected in the same way as o -line.
Digital infrastructure should be protected from potential incidents and malicious
acts. Public institutions have a major role, initially set guidelines and policies clear
and transparent, to ensure not only the opening and the involvement of every citizen,
but also security in cyberspace.
Referring to the "Analysis of the strategic review of the security sector in Kosovo",
cybercrime as unconventional crime was identi ed as one of the risks, challenges
or global threats that may a ect the security of Kosovo. The Republic of Kosovo is
commi ed to promote stability and security, not only domestically, but also be a
signi cant contributor to the security of the region and beyond. Thus, international
cooperation in the eld of cyber security remains a priority for Kosovo. There is no
harmonized de nition of "cyber" and "cyber security". Meaning of cyber security and
other important terms varies from country to country. In this chapter, the de nitions
of speci c terms appear aligned with the underlying meaning of these terms in the

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