High Level Table-Top Exercise BlueOLEX2019

A High Level Table-Top Exercise BlueOLEX2019 Joined Representatives of Member States in Response to Critical Cybersecurity Situation On 2 and 3 July 2019 Paris was hosting a high-level Table-Top exercise BlueOLEx 2019 based on Commission Recommendation on Coordinated response to large-scale cross-border cybersecurity incidents and crises.   The exercise was organized by French L’Agence Nationale de la...

OBSE Conference on Cybersecurity

On 17 and 18 July 2019, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe hosted a conference in Vienna on cybersecurity and information and communication systems security, called Cyber/ICT Security for a safer future: The OSCE’s role in fostering regional cyber stability. The conference was attended by representatives of 36 OSCE participating countries and dozens...
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Cybersecurity Act will come into Force on 27 June 2019

On 7 June 2019 the Cybersecurity Act was published in the EU Official Journal. The Act considerably strengthens the position of ENISA Agency and recognizes it as the EU Agency for Cybersecurity. The Act will come into force on 27 June 2019. Based on this Act the Agency will be able to provide more efficient...
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The National Unit SK-CERT Participating In the Conference “Current Challenges of Cybersecurity”

On 4 June 2019, a scientific conference with international participation entitled “Current Challenges of Cybersecurity” was held at the Academy of the Police Force in Bratislava (hereinafter referred to as the Academy). The conference was organized by the Management and Information Science Department of the Academy in cooperation with the National Security Authority together with...
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CyberSOPEx Exercise Tested the Cooperation of National CSIRT Units

On 15 May 2019 the National Unit SK-CERT of the National Security Authority took part in the international exercise CyberSOPEx. The exercise organized by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) was aimed at enhancing of coordination and cooperation of EU Member States in handling of large scale cybersecurity incidents which is one of...
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First of Series of National Table-Top Exercises Successfully Behind Us

The National Unit SK-CERT of the National Security Authority conducted the first of a series of the National Table-Top exercises on 14 May 2019. The exercise was named “A Suspicious Mail is Just the Beginning”. The Table-Top exercises are a kind of non-technical exercises focusing on decision-making, as well as practising and testing of own procedures and...
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Table Top EU ELEx 2019 Exercise

EU ELEx 2019 Exercise took place on 5 April 2019 on the European Parliament ground, focusing on operational handling of cybersecurity incidents during the European Parliament elections. The exercise was organized by ENISA in cooperation with the European Parliament and European Commission. At the beginning of the exercise the vice president of the European Parliament...
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The Finals of Guardians 2019 Is Over

This year’s Guardians 2019 gave more space to young people from Slovakia with diverse experience in the field of information security. The competition brings together people who have wide experience in this field with those who just would like to direct their carrier to the field of cybersecurity. More sophisticated attacks, more teams, real environment...
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Guardians Exercise 2019

The National Security Authority via the National Unit SK-CERT and the Binary Confidence Company Ltd. co-organize the third year of the Guardians competition for young IT specialists.  Prior to the upcoming elections of the head of the state, the competition will simulate attacks on the teams of candidates and will demonstrate how they can be...
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SK-CERT – a Part of an International Project “CyberExchange”

The National Unit SK-CERT has become a part of an international project CyberExchange, the coordinator of which is CSIRT.cz. The project is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union. 11 CSIRT teams from all over Europe are participating in the project. The focus and target of the project is to increase the cooperation...
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New Operation Rules for ENISA

The European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission have reached a compromise on the text of the Cybersecurity Act. The Act aims to strengthen ENISA ˈs position and to recognize ENISA as main the EU Agency for Cybersecurity. This Act grants to ENISA a broad mandate in the field of cybersecurity and...
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Hackers Collected More Than 40 000 Login Data to Government Systems in More Than 30 Countries

40 000 login data to government portals in more than 30 countries. It is the result of investigation of the International company Group-IB dealing with cyberattack prevention. The company using the forensic analysis of malware samples found out that attackers unknown so far were capable of, through different techniques, collecting login data to government systems and...
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SK-CERT on International Conference ITAPA 2018

On 13 and 14 November 2018 the Crowne Plaza Hotel is hosting an International Conference ITAPA 2018, the most famous and largest event since 2002, which is focuses on digitization of public administration.  The topics of this year’s ITAPA Conference are data and artificial intelligence, Cloud, public procurement, eGovernment, the potential of emerging technologies and cybersecurity....
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Frequently Asked Questions About Security Warnings And Bulletins

The National SK-CERT Unit (hereinafter referred to as SK-CERT) has prepared a series of articles aimed at distribution of information on security vulnerabilities and the methodology used to evaluate their severity. This issue is connected with two important concepts – security warning and security bulletin. Issuing of security warnings and bulletins belongs to one of...
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Vulnerabilities of E-mail Clients

E-mail represents a crucial part of both corporate and private communication. Thanks to its popularity there is a plethora of different e-mail clients with advanced features that enhance the simple and originally pure text format of e-mail by features like sending of attachments (MIME), encrypted contents (S-MIME, PGP) or stylized HTML text with images. Nevertheless,...
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International Recognition of SK-CERT National Unit

SK-CERT national unit has become a full member of the community of Security and Incident Response Teams by gaining the Accredited status, the second level of membership within the Trusted Introducer Service on 3 May 2018, and thus has won an international recognition. More detailed information regarding the membership in TI is available at the following...
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Cryptojacking – Will Rob You Without Your Knowledge

The beginning of the year 2018 has brought a constantly growing threat in the field of cyber security which impacts a huge amount of Internet users. Either societies with a large infrastructure or a teenager with a notebook. Despite the fact that it is not anything new, the growth of cases and new methods of implementation deserve a due attention. Let’s...
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Participation of the Slovak Republic within Locked Shields 2018 Exercise

Locked Shields 2018, an internationally recognized exercise, was held on 24 – 26 April 2018. The exercise is annually organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn and represents the most comprehensive and the most advanced cyber security exercise organized at international level.   Within the simulated environment the teams...
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The First of a Series of Workshops on Cyber Security Act

The workshop aimed at clarification of status and responsibilities of operators of essential services and digital service providers was held on 13 April 2018 in Bratislava’s hotel Bôrik.  The Act on Cybersecurity came into force on 1 April 2018. It is the first legislative act which comprehensively approaches the issue of security in the national...
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Act on Cybersecurity enters into force on 1 April 2018

Historically first legislative act, regulating the issue of cybersecurity in the Slovak Republic was published in the Collection of Laws of the Slovak Republic on 9 March 2018. On the following links you can download the complete version of the Act on Cybersecurity no. 69/2018 Coll. in Slovak and English versions. The Act systematically and...
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Tips to Manage Your Privacy

Follow these tips to manage your privacy in an always-on world: Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out. Think before you app: Information about you, such as...
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Phishing

Phishing attacks use e-mail or malicious websites (clicking on a link) to collect personal and financial information or infect your machine with malware and viruses. Spear Phishing Spear phishing involves highly specialized attacks against specific targets or small groups of targets to collect information or gain access to systems. For example, a cybercriminal may launch...
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What to Do if You Are a Victim

Report it to the appropriate people within the organization, including network administrators. They can be alert for any suspicious or unusual activity. If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your financial institution immediately and close the account(s). Watch for any unauthorized charges to your account. Consider reporting the attack to your local...
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