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03 December 2018

New Study by the CCDCOE: Cyber Security Organisation in Turkey

New Study by the CCDCOE: Cyber Security Organisation in Turkey

A recent report by NATO CCDCOE “National Cyber Security Organisation: Turkey” outlines the current cyber security landscape in Turkey. Being the most recent issue of the NATO CCD COE’s National Cybersecurity Governance series, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the digital ecosystem in Turkey and describes the responsibilities of different national agencies designated to ensure the security in the cyberspace. 

In Turkey, digitalisation is rapidly growing in both public sector and business with notable increase in e-services penetration over the recent years. Hence, the rising importance of cyber security and cyber-related issues. Turkey’s current national cybersecurity strategy was released in 2016 and it serves as a guidline for administering and coordinating national cyber security efforts. The current study aims to reflect the status quo of the cyber security system in Turkey and provide an overview of entities and responsibilites of respective agencies.

“Turkey has adopted a comprehensive approach to tackle the cybersecurity issues across different sectors. National cybersecurity strategy foresees the developments in the legal framework in the field of cybersecurity, strengthening of security of public information services and raising awareness in the field of cybersecurity. The scope of work of agencies ensuring national cyber security has widened and the number of institutions increased. This report could be a helpful material for understanding the cybersecurity landscape in Turkey, as well as the principles of its formation,” explains the editor of the series Kadri Kaska, Law and Policy Researcher of the NATO CCD COE.

According to the report, Turkey has established robust structures and procedures to ensure that the policies and measures regarding cyberspace administration are efficient and sustainable, taking into consideration the fast-paced evolution of technology. Turkey is among the countries who regard cybersecurity as an inseparable part of economic development, public services and national security. 

This report is a part of the Centre’s National Cyber Security Governance Series. As of 2018, the Centre has published comprehensive overviews of the national cyber security models of 14 countries, among others Poland, the United States, China, France and Estonia. The reports present countries’ cyber security strategy objectives and outline the division of cyber security tasks and responsibilities among different agencies. Particular attention is on outlining the mandate, tasks and competencies of respective agencies with the system of coordination between them. Reports provide a tool for better understanding of respective nation’s political and strategic cyber security governance model, national cyber incident management coordination, military cyber defence and cyber aspects of crisis prevention and crisis management.

Full report is available under CCDCOE publications