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Cyber security, online radicalization serious security challenges in the region

Text: Aida Birno

ISTANBUL, December 6 (FENA) - The Third Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in South East Europe (SEE), organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in cooperation with the Government and the Ministry of Interior of Turkey, together with Integrative Internal Security Governance Initiative (IISG), opened in Istanbul, Turkey, today.

Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Goran Svilanović warned today that in addition to cyber security and online radicalization, we are facing threats of migration, organized crime and smuggling of small arms and light weapons in the wider region of Southeast Europe, FENA journalist reports from Istanbul.

Speaking at the opening of the Third Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in Southeast Europe, organized by the RCC, the Turkish government and the Integrated Internal Security Management (IISG), that is being held today in Istanbul, Svilanović said that these challenges are the top of the priorities of the security agenda in the region.

As he said, the conference aims to raise awareness, exchange information and good practices, establish contacts and agree on future activities.

“The RCC's focus is to oppose online radicalization in the context of cyber security, support to law enforcement institutions and prosecutors in cases of terrorism and violent extremism,” explained the RCC Secretary General, with the assessment that much has been done, but that there are still many challenges ahead us.

Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Turkey, Muhterem Ince, stressed that the fight against terrorism is the greatest problem of the 21st century.

“The development of civilizations brings changes and cycles of conflict and reconciliation,” said Minister Ince.

He added that there are not only military, but also terrorist groups at the battlefields of today.

"We need to unite forces and experiences in the fight against terrorism in order to build global peace," Ince stressed.

He noted that Turkey has many experiences in the fight against terrorist organizations and plays a key role in facing security challenges in Europe and the world.

The Cyber ​​Security and Online Radicalization study was also presented at the conference which outlines past achievements and challenges in the Western Balkans in the context of cyber security, critical infrastructure and compliance with EU standards.

When it comes to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EU Evaluation for chapters 10 and 24 for 2018 lists the lack of a strategic framework at the state level to address the problem of cybercrime and threats to cyber security.

It was also noted that the investigations in cases of cybercrime are very rare, and that the problem also exists in the lack of a culture of information security.


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