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SGIP Provides Cyber Security To BiH Parliamentary Website

On November 13th, SUNY/CID’s USAID-funded ’’Strengthening Governing Institutions and Process Program“(SGIP) officially transferred ownership of the Iron Port Security System for internet network security to the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. SUNY/CID suggested financing the purchase of the Web Security System after an external cyber attack rendered the the Parliamentary Assembly’s official website inaccessible for several days in June of 2013. The installation of this filtering and access control system now allows users unrestricted access to content on the Internet, while providing protection against malicious content and reducing the costs of procuring anti-virus programs.

Photo of SGIP offically signing over ownership of the Cyber Security System

From left to right: Ms. Dubravka Ištuk-Pavlović, Interpreter, BiH Parliamentary Assembly; Mr. Jaidev Singh, Democracy, Rights and Governance Office Director, USAID/BiH; Mr. Ferid Buljubašić, Secretary General of Common Services, BiH Parliamentary Assembly; Mr. Christian Haupt, Chief of Party, SGIP

The hardware was installed and has been operational since July of this year. The Secretary General of the Common Services of the Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Ferid Buljubašic, and SGIP Chief of Party, Mr. Christian Haupt signed the property transfer documents to formally make the system the property of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH.

"We are pleased that this donation from the American people will help assure the continued openness of Parliament to the public and provide greater protection from contemporary cyber threats to the BiH Parliamentary Assembly" said Jaidav Singh from the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. "BiH citizens are increasingly reliant on the Internet as an information resource and use information from the official website of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Secretary General of Common Services Buljubašic expressed appreciation for this valuable donation on behalf of Parliamentary Assembly. He mentioned the importance of previous donations from USAID that have significantly improved the Parliament’s IT capacity, such as the storage module, the ICT Training Center, Visitor’s Center, and various donations of IT equipment.

USAID/SGIP, launched in May 2013, supports efforts by Bosnia and Herzegovina toward Euro-Atlantic integration through strengthening the capacity of the country’s governing institutions to adopt, implement and account for more effective policies, laws and budgets that address key issues related to EU accession.

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Posted November 2014