This photograph taken on January 29, 2018, shows smoke rising from chimneys of the Kosovo power plant near the town of Obiliq on the outskirts of Pristina. Every winter morning workers wrap scarves around their faces and emerge from the pea soup fog that engulfs their town of Obiliq, stuck between two coal-fired power stations on the outskirts of Kosovo's capital.

As internet usage soars, Kosovo must harden its defenses.

A Present Concern

January 2018, Number 09.01

“Today, the internet is part of work and life for many millions of people worldwide. With the rapid developments in technology, cyber security is a serious concern. Most services in the public and private sectors are conducted via the internet, where users are exposed to threats posed by viruses, malware, cyber espionage and phishing.

Kosovo has experienced a rapid growth in the number of internet users and now has a market penetration similar to that of many European Union countries. Cyber crime has been identified as one of the global threats that may affect the security of Kosovo, a concern revealed in the government’s 2014 report, “Analysis of the Strategic Security Sector Review of the Republic of Kosovo.” Based on this, Kosovo has begun to develop greater cyber security defense capabilities. As is the case with many other countries, the most important areas in need of protection are critical infrastructure (CI) and critical information infrastructure (CII)...”

Excerpt from Hafize Bajrami, “A Present Concern,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 9, No. 1, 2018: 48-53.

Hafize Bajrami, a graduate of PCSS 17-04, is the Chief of Cybersecurity Section, Kosovo Security Forces.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.