Under the auspices of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, the 6S Initiative (the Six States Initiative) was launched in 2013 by the Croatian and Slovenian National Security Authorities (NSAs), focusing on encouraging security cooperation and raising the level of information security standards in the neighbouring region. The Initiative gathers the directors of the NSAs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and the Republic of Serbia, with the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia as mentors.
Every year the NSA directors level conference is held, and there is an annual plan that includes a series of expert-level activities involving representatives and experts from 6S countries. The topics that have been organized so far have been on the subject of security checks, accreditation of information systems and now the security of business and industrial cooperation. Several meetings were held under the auspices of the EC TAIEX program, in Sarajevo and Skopje, on the role of the NSAs in the field of cyber security, on the topic of physical security and on the topic of national organization and the resolution of cyber incidents.
This year, the Office of the National Security Council, as the NSA of the Republic of Croatia, hosted a 6S Expert Working Group (6S EWG) meeting on the topic of Industrial Security and the related issues on Cyber Security. The 6S EWG was held in Rakitje, Croatia, in the facility of RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation, on 3 and 5 May 2017, organized by the Croatian NSA – Office of the National Security Council. On 4 May 2017 there was an open Workshop in RACVIAC Format on the same subject, co-organised by the Croatian NSA – Office of the National Security Council and RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation. The 6S EWG meeting was attended by experts from all 6 member states.
The topics were focused on issues specific to various economic sectors within the framework of Industrial Security standards, as part of a government sector security policy such as the defense or IT sector. The workshop also covered cyber security issues within the area of information security that governs the standards of industrial security.
The meeting started the first day with the presentation of the state of play in Industrial Security in 6S countries, followed by the discussion on FSC concepts regarding the vetting of legal entity personnel (selection, rationale), storage capability, and CIS accreditation.
The RACVIAC format of the meeting on the second day continued with the same topics of the state of play in the countries for extended audience and combining industrial security and cyber security issues. All 6S representatives participated together with the representatives from the EU GSC, RACVIAC, RCC (Regional Cooperation Center), Albania, Romania, and Turkey. RACVIAC Workshop also included the selected Croatian certified companies: Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Microsoft, King ICT, Insig2, Diverto and Infigo, together with the representative from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The topics covered e-Government services and security aspects, trusted cloud platforms, system integration, digital forensics and education, security assessment and penetration testing, the concept of “security by design” in industrial systems and the threat environment in different industrial sectors.
The third day was in 6S EWG format, together with the representative of the Council of the EU, GSC, Safety and Security, Information Security Unit. The topics on the third day included more detailed Industrial Security approaches presented by the Croatian, Slovenian and EU representatives.
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