On June 6 2023, the First SK@UT Conference was held in Zagreb, organized by the Security Intelligence Agency and the Institute for Information Systems Security.
SK@UT is the largest national cyber space protection project and represents a system for detection, early warning and protection against state-sponsored cyber attacks, APT campaigns (Advanced Persistent Threat) and other cyber threats.
The SK@UT system was built by the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) and the Institute for Information Systems Security (ZSIS) and consists of a distributed network of sensors in key entities. The Center has a joint team of cyber experts from several bodies of the security-intelligence system (SOA, ZSIS, VSOA).
SK@UT thus represents the so-called "cybernetic umbrella" which currently covers more than 60 state bodies, operators of key services and legal entities of special interest to the Republic of Croatia. SK@UT includes, in addition to all ministries and bodies of the security-intelligence system, parts of the national critical and information infrastructure.
The conference was opened by the Director of the Security and Intelligence Agency, Daniel Markić, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković.
In addition to the aforementioned, the Vice Presidents of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Ministers Tomo Medved and Davor Božinović, as well as Ministers Marko Primorac, Ivan Malenica and Mario Banožić and the Head of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Zvonimir Frka Petešić, participated in the conference. In addition to them, the conference was attended by the advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia for national security Dragan Lozančić, Chief State Attorney Zlata Hrvoj-Šipek, the heads of the bodies of the security-intelligence system of the Republic of Croatia, presidents of boards and directors of legal entities involved in SK@UT, presidents of boards of IT companies in the field of cyber security, representatives of the academic and professional community, as well as experts from bodies involved in SK@UT. Joško Kadivnik, director of the Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA), participated as a guest at the conference.
The conference brought together around 200 participants, representatives of more than 60 institutions and legal entities involved in SK@UT, and the discussed topics included the security of the national cyberspace, sharing of best experiences and practices of the SK@UT system, challenges and needs of the transposition of the EU NIS2 directive in national legislation, as well as issues related to the establishment of a national center for cyber security.
During the conference, the website of SK@UT (www.skaut.hr) was presented, where, in addition to basic information about SK@UT, there is also a CTF competition intended for cyber security experts, especially those who are interested in employment at SK@UT.