Security and Intelligence Service of the Republic of Moldova
Serviciul de Informații și Securitate al Republicii Moldova
SIS
Agency overview
FormedNovember 16, 1999 as the Security and Intelligence Service of the Republic of Moldova
Preceding agency
  • September 9, 1991, the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Moldova
JurisdictionPresident of Moldova, under the observation of the Parliament of Moldova
HeadquartersChișinău, Republic of Moldova
Minister responsible
  • Minister of Public Order
Agency executive
  • Alexandr Esaulenco, Director
Websitewww.sis.md

The Security and Intelligence Service of the Republic of Moldova (Serviciul de Informații și Securitate al Republicii Moldova; SIS) is a state body specialized in ensuring national security by exercising all appropriate intelligence and counter-intelligence measures, such as: collecting, processing, checking and capitalizing the information needed to identify, prevent and counteract any actions that according to law represent an internal or external threat to independence, sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity, constitutional order, democratic development, internal security of the state, society and citizens, the statehood of the Republic of Moldova, the stable functioning of vitally important branches of the national economy, both on the territory of the Republic of Moldova and abroad.[1]

The mission of the SIS is efficient protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens, society and state against risks and threats to state security, promotion of democratic values and national interests of the Republic of Moldova.[2]

The main objectives of the institution are:

History

Ministry of National Security

Security and Intelligence Service

SIS Headquarters
SIS Headquarters

Directors of Security and Intelligence Service

No. Name

(birth–death)

In office
1 Tudor Botnaru

(1935-2017)

July 1990 August 29, 1991
2 Anatol Plugaru

(1951-)

August 29, 1991 July 1, 1992
3 Vasile Calmoi

(1946-)

July 1, 1992 January 24, 1997
4 Tudor Botnaru

(1935-2017)

January 24, 1997 May 11, 1999
5 Valeriu Pasat

(1958–)

May 11, 1999 December 21, 2001
6 Ion Ursu

(1948–)

December 21, 2001 October 15, 2007
7 Artur Reșetnicov

(1975–)

November 1, 2007 September 11, 2009
8 Gheorghe Mihai

(1950–)

September 25, 2009 October 13, 2011
9 Mihai Bălan

(1954–)

October 25, 2012 December 21, 2017
10 Vitalie Pîrlog

(1974–)

December 21, 2017 February 21, 2018
11 Vasile Botnari

(1975–)

May 3, 2018 June 8, 2019
12 Alexandr Esaulenco

(1977–)

June 25, 2019 present

Activity

Intelligence

SIS officers
SIS officers

According to the art.8 of the Law on Security and Intelligence Service of the Republic of Moldova No 753-XIV of 23.12.1999,[11] intelligence activity is directed to collecting data and information relevant to national security, in order to provide legal beneficiaries with a decision-making basis.

Operations for protection and promotion of national interests of the Republic of Moldova are conducted in order to reach the intelligence objectives.

The mission consists in carrying out a complex system of activities meant to identify, at an early stage, dangers and risks to national security reported to current threats.

The gathered information is analyzed and integrated in analytical products regarding strategic assessment of the security environment that is generated by the globalization effects, in order to strengthen the profile of the Republic of Moldova as a contributor to regional and international security.[12]

Counterintelligence

According to the art.8 of the Law on Security and Intelligence Service of the Republic of Moldova No 753-XIV of 23.12.1999,[13] counterintelligence activity aims to identify, prevent and counteract risks and threats to the national security of the Republic of Moldova, deriving from espionage, subversive actions, plans and intentions of foreign intelligence agencies or paramilitary, terrorist, extremist and separatist groups.

Counterintelligence implies an operational and analytical management, meant to efficiently combine intelligence, creative practices and advanced technology, in order to act promptly and address unpredictable situations.

In particular, we are referring to identification of those actions and individuals, which can become targets for foreign intelligence agencies and adversary groups that carry out activities oriented against interests of the Republic of Moldova.

The exploration area, in order to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty against direct, informational and hybrid aggression, includes the main strategic fields, such as politics, economics, social, military and technology.

The goal is to maintain and ensure national functional capacities from the perspective of human, technical, and logistic resources, considering their prompt adaptation in relation to asymmetrical risks, as well as using the development potential for the direct benefit of the citizens.

International Cooperation

Security of the Republic of Moldova is a component part of global security. Emergence of asymmetric threats in the era of contemporary globalization entails building sustainable partnerships within the complex system of intelligence community in order to reduce the risks that threaten national and regional security.

Preventing and combating security threats to Moldova is an approach where the Security and Intelligence Service cooperates with special services and partner structures at regional and international levels. After 1991, once the institution was founded, the evolution of the SIS cooperation partnerships witnessed positive dynamics,taking various forms: exchange of information and expertise, participation at specialized events and accomplishment of joint operations with foreign partners.

In the context of Moldova's integration into EU structures, the Service imperatively intends to join regional intelligence platforms, establish and promote bilateral and multilateral relations with line institutions at international arena. The goal pursued in this interaction is oriented towards fundamental national security interests and active involvement of the SIS in creating an adequate climate for regional and European security, aiming at the promotion of Moldova's image not only as security consumers but also as a generator of it.[14]

Informational security

Cyberspace gets to be a comfortable platform for preparing and conducting computer crimes, cyber terrorism and other malicious actions designed to affect, directly or indirectly, the national security. Thus, the penetration of informational systems or electronic communication of public authorities and other institutions and public or private companies, which are dealing with sensitive information, may compromise the confidentiality, integrity or availability of this information, and therefore may cause financial or other damage, including the damage to state security. Also, penetration of informational systems afferent to critical infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova may result in unauthorized control over these systems, and therefore,in affecting the economic, social, political, informational, military and other kind of processes.

However, the global nature of informational systems and electronic communication networks, as well as transnational nature of cybercrime requires close coordination among all responsible institutions at both national and global level.

In this context, one of the primary missions is to prevent and combat aggression in virtual environment, internal or external, targeting electronic communication systems of national importance. This mission is carried out in accordance with the legislation in force through the following operational processes:

Intelligence analysis

Intelligence analysis is the process of transformation of primary data, gathered by means of secret sources (HUMINT, SIGINT, IMINT, MASINT) or open sources (OSINT), in intelligence relevant for national security.

This activity means filtering, separating, comparing, and integrating the primary data. The result of this complex process is – producing intelligence products (complex document with timely, relevant and verified information, with assessment and forecasting elements).

The main effort of the SIS analysts is to apply valuable judgments, especially to uncertainties, incomplete data, ambiguous situations, towards orienting the data gathering process (for intelligence and counterintelligence components).

The outcome of intelligence analysis (intelligence product), usually, is disseminated to legal beneficiaries / decision-makers and is meant to support them in taking decisions of national interest in two priority directions:

a) prevention/ mitigation of risks, threats and vulnerabilities to national security;

b) use of opportunities to promote national interests.[15]

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