Azerbaijani official: Country forms structure for responding to computer incidents
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 22 / Trend H.Valiyev /
Azerbaijan is working to harmonize national legislation with the Convention on Cybercrime, Deputy Communications and IT Minister Elmir Velizade told Trend today.
"Seminars are being held with foreign experts and representatives of national agencies about the harmonization of our national legislation," he said. "Our ministry announced its intention to create an Information Security Office, which will serve as an analogue of the Computer Emergency Response Team. Work to build such a structure in Azerbaijan is being carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on Cybercrime."
Previously, the ministry reported that it will push Internet providers to help avoid cybercrime.
In early November 2009, Azerbaijan adopted the Convention on Cybercrime, which was earlier ratified by parliament. The country planned to create an international organization to combat cybercrime. The convention covers a wide range of issues, including cybercrime, illegal access to computer systems and data interception, the unlawful use of devices, forgery and fraud, as well as offenses related to child pornography, copyright and related rights.
Head of the Communications and IT Ministry's Staff and Legal Department Bakhtiyar Mammadov told Trend earlier that Internet providers will receive requirements to improve the technical basis for monitoring networks and helping Azerbaijan to fulfill the convention. At present, the convention is in force. Measures will be taken for its implementation.
The existing infrastructure of Azerbaijani Internet providers allows for monitoring and storing information on the operations of Internet users. Information about users and their online activity is contained in a database for six months.
Internet-providers are ready to cooperate with law enforcement agencies. Information base of Internet-providers may be available to law enforcement agencies on the basis of existing legislation of Azerbaijan, or by court decision.