National conference on the topic of cyber security in the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia

22. June 2017

Cybersecurity is becoming one of the most topical content that requires instant answers. This fact about actuality was also confirmed by a completely full hall of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia. The National Consultation on the topic "Cyber ​​Security of the Republic of Slovenia in the light of the increasing frequency of hacking - whether we are ready for them?" was organized in co-organization of the Institute for Corporate Security Studies, the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia, the Government Office for the Protection of Classified Information (NSA) and Slovenian Computer Emergency Response Team (SI-CERT).

In the introduction, all the gathered people addressed Mrs. Andreja Katič, Minister of Defense, who especially emphasized the importance of systemic control of cyber threats also in the light of ensuring the continuous operation of critical infrastructure. Then Mrs. Mojca Prelesnik, Information Commissioner, gave key dilemmas and open questions, as well as the steps that were taken through various events in the public debate on this complex issue. With her brief presentation, she also provided excellent tips for a round table where Mr. Gorazd Božič (SI-CERT), MSc Dobran Božič (NSA), MSc. Jurij Bertok (Directorate of Informatics), MSc. Tanja Muha (Agency for Communication Networks and Services - AKOS), Matej Tonin (member of the National Assembly of the RS) and dr. Denis Čaleta (ICS-Ljubljana) continued a very interesting discussion on cyber security. The discussion at the round table was led by MSc. Andrej Tomšič from the Information Commissioner, who directed the current flow of event with questions and dilemmas.

Essential messages have been given in the area of ​​where and how certain institutions will ensure the preparation of appropriate legal solutions for the provision of cyber security. The steps that have already been implemented or are in the implementation phase were highlighted. Of course, certain debates also made critical assessments of the state of cyber security and the delay with all the necessary systemic solutions that will not only concern state institutions, but also society as a whole. The corporate security environment is certainly part of this framework. Panellists also noted the general low public awareness of the actual dangers of cyber-attacks on key state systems and consequently inadequate preparedness and inadequate staffing and operational capabilities.

In particular, human resources were again exposed, which, in addition to technological solutions, represents the factor that will need to be given special attention. In any case, it will be necessary to provide an appropriate systemic eco-framework that will enable all other stakeholders of the non-governmental sector, such as scientific and research institutions, the economy and other representatives of the interested professional public. In this part, there were various views in the discussion on the envisaged centralization of resources.

You can see the whole discussion from the discussion on the following link.