Invited lecture: cyber incident

Date of publication: 13.2.2023


Lecturer Boštjan Tavčar
Time and venue: Wednesday, 15 February, at 18:00 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UL (Lecture room P2)

In mid-August 2022, the Slovenian Protection and Rescue Administration was the target of a cyber-attack with a ransomware virus. The attack affected some servers in the administrative part of the IT network. The Regional Information Centres were not directly affected by the attack, nor were they misused for the attack. No official documents or personal data were damaged or destroyed in the attack. The incident was rated C3. The lecture will present the course of the attack in all its time phases and the actions taken by the professional services to stop the attack, to protect the 112 emergency number and to secure the evidence. It will also present the lessons learned and the behaviours that have been acquired during this time, in particular when analysing the attack data and the data on the dark web.

Boštjan Tavčar graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana with a degree in Telecommunications. Since 1994 he has been employed at the Ministry of Defence, the Protection and Rescue Administration of the Republic of Slovenia. In recent years, he has been the Head of the Information Centre of the Republic of Slovenia. Since October 2019, he has been the Head of the Informatics and Communications Service. He is responsible for the development and operation of information and communication systems and services, emergency numbers and information centres in the field of protection against natural and other disasters. He is also the author of the emergency call application for the deaf and hard of hearing, WAP112, which was the predecessor or first application of the next generation of emergency calls NG112. The application won the 2009 EENA European Award. He is the initiator of the introduction of eCall in Slovenia and has been actively involved in the development of the Slovenian solution. He has been involved in a number of European projects, including U2010, MONET, ABSOLUTE, HeERO, NEXES and others. He is a member of the European 112 Club.

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