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Cyprus implemented its revised cybersecurity strategy in 2020: Cyprian National Cyber Security Strategy (Greek). 

The strategy covers 10 of the strategic goals in the ENISA self-assessment classification. These goals are: Cybercrime; Citizen's awareness; Critical Information Infrastructure Protection; national cyber contingency plans; international cooperation; public-private partnership; incident response capability; institutionalised form of cooperation between public agencies; cyber security exercises; training and educational programmes. 




Role of Cybersecurity in Education

Key measures for training and capacity development include:

  • Identification of appropriate (and available) training programmes and certifications.
  • Promote the uptake of such programmes within the government.
  • Creation of a suitable workforce with the necessary specialised knowledge.
  • Inclusion of relevant certifications and experience into job descriptions that relate to electronic security.
  • Support activities in Cypriot higher education institutions in the area of network and information security, through the inclusion of electronic security topics in their curricula and the institution of related research programmes.

The Cyprus Cybercrime Center of Excellence (3CE) provides short-term, highly focused and specialised training seminars on cybercrime-related issues for public and private sector participants. Courses facilitate the exchange and diffusion of tacit knowledge and expertise and familiarise participants with new technologies and tools, and improve their day-to-day activities related to the Cybercrime area. University courses on Cybercrime developed and delivered to stakeholders will provide better understanding of the legal and technical elements of cybercrime for new generation scientists. Courses will be made available under creative commons licensing terms for LEAs worldwide. 3CE aspires to become an exemplary Centre of Excellence in the area of Cybercrime by conducting research in relevant fields, focusing particularly on areas dealing with forensic analysis, intrusion detection systems of critical information infrastructures, and legal aspects of cybercrime.

Higher Education Courses on Cybersecurity
  • European University Cyprus – Master in Cybersecurity. Year established: 2017. Student intake: 60. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 90. Focus: Filling need for increasing demand for innovative approaches to the complexities and multi-disciplinary aspects of cybersecurity policy and practices, spanning technical skills, an understanding of law, ethical hacking and crytography. 
  • University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) – Master in CybersecurityYear established: 2015. Student intake: 50. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 90. Focus: System security, network security, component security, SW security. 
  • Open University of Cyprus – Master in Computer and Network SecurityEuropean Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 90. 
  • University of Nicosia - MSc Computer Science, Cybersecurity concentrationEuropean Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 90. Focus: System security, network security, component security, SW security. 
  • University of Nicosia - MSc Computer Science, Cybersecurity concentrationEuropean Credit Transfer System (ECTS): 90. Focus: System security, network security, component security, SW security. 
Public-private Partnerships

There is public-private co-operation on awareness of cybersecurity and in the creation of a cybercrime centre of excellence. A biennial CYpBER conference provides a liason between Cyprus government and private sector representatives dealing with cybersecurity concerns (mostly related to oil and gas industry). The 2021 edition focuses on e-cYber Health 2021 with a focus on diagnostics, hospitals and pharmaceuticals. 

EU Professional Cyber Register for national stakeholders

The CyPR is all about boosting opportunities in the cybersecurity marketplace. 
This European Cybersecurity Professional Register is the place where professionals of any age can promote their specific skill sets and experiences in cybersecurity, courses taken and qualifications.
Organisations of any size or sector (from SMEs to large companies and public institutions can find and contact the right skills and experiences they need to improve their IT security posture.

Latest Update & Disclaimer

January 2021

The information contained here is based on desk research carried out by, including the ENISA interactive maps on national strategies and educational courses. 




CYBERSECURITY RESPONSE TEAMS: GDPR and NIS Directive Compliance and Notification

National Computer Security Information Response Team (CSIRT)
Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Notification obligations in the event of a data breach
NIS Directive (operators of essential services and digital service providers): actual, adverse and significant impact on the continuity of essential services. Actual, adverse and substantial impact on the provision of enumerated digital services.
GDPR (any organisation dealing with the data of EU citizens): accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, altercation, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.
National contacts

Cyprus does not have a CERT or similar authority for the central logging for cybersecurity incident data.

Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation (OCECPR)

Department of Information Technology Services (DITS)

National Security Authority

Central Intelligence Service

Department of Electronic Communications (DEC)

Cyprus Research and Academic CSIRT
General Contact Information

Tel. +357 22 895254
Fax. +357 22 895494

Network Operations Centre
For technical support during working hours (8.00-14.30 – M-F)
Τel : +357 22 895252, +357 22 895253, +357 22 894444
For technical support during off-working hours (only for URGENT calls and connection problems) (14.30 – 07.59 – M-F, Full-Day on Weekends)
Tel: +357 99 536858

Complaint Submission
Tel. +357 22 895254
Fax. +357 22 895494

Best practices

The mission of the KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (KIOS CoE) is to conduct multidisciplinary research and innovation in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with emphasis on the Monitoring, Control, Security and Management of Critical Infrastructures.

KIOS CoE strives to create a regional research and innovation ecosystem in the area of ICT, resulting in major economic and societal benefits for Cyprus and Europe as a whole, by cultivating a vibrant research and innovation cluster in high technology areas linking universities, technology companies and end users, government agencies, as well as enterprise support companies.



Latest Update & Disclaimer

January 2021

The information contained here is the result of desk research carried out by 


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