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State Security and Intelligence Directorate
Direktion für Staatsschutz und Nachrichtendienst
Agency overview
FormedDecember 1, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-12-01)
JurisdictionAustrian Federal Government
HeadquartersRennweg 89-93, Landstraße, Vienna
Agency executive
  • Omar Haijawi-Pirchner [de][1], Director
Parent agencyDirectorate General for Public Security (GDföS)

State Security and Intelligence Directorate (German: Direktion für Staatsschutz und Nachrichtendienst, DSN) is a state executive body of Austria, a special service designed to ensure the protection of the constitutional order and ensure the national security of the country in the political, economic, military, scientific and technological, information, social, demographic and environmental spheres, conducting counterintelligence, combating terrorism and maintain foreign intelligence operations.[2][3][4]

Established on December 1, 2021, in order to replace the old BVT service.[5]



The decision to create the Office came after the intelligence failures of the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection and the War on Terror (BVT), which was unable to prevent the attacks in Vienna in 2020, despite numerous warnings and previous surveillance of terrorists.[6][7]

In September 2021, it was announced that Omar Haijawi-Pirchner, an Austrian police officer of Jordanian origin, had been appointed head of the new body and that he would take office concurrently with the establishment of the organization on December 1, 2021.[8]

See also


Name Term of office Notes
Omar Haijawi-Pirchner Since 1 December 2021 [9]