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Personnel changes in RIA cyber security division


Anto Veldre, a legendary Estonian security specialist leaves RIA:

From the beginning of the year, the State Information System Authority (RIA) discharged an experienced IT security expert and promoter Anto Veldre. Veldre has worked as an analyst at the incident handling department at CERT-EE and in the Communications Department.

Helen Uldrich, head of RIA Communications Department, explained the discharge of Anto Veldre by the change in the structure of their unit from 2018. The analyst’s place where Veldre previously worked was changed into a spokesperson’s position and, as a result, his duties changed.

“Unfortunately, RIA did not have another position to offer Anto that would correspond to his professional profile. The whole staff of the State Information System Agency highly appreciates Anto and his contribution, for example, to explaining the functioning of the e-state,” added Uldrich.


Klaid Mägi, the head of CERT-EE leaves RIA:

Klaid Mägi, head of CERT-EE will leave the state office and continue to work at CybExer Technologies, a private Estonian company promoting cyber hygiene. Mägi has led the unit since autumn 2014. Previously, he has worked at the Ministry of Finance, Elisa and Elion.

Uku Särekanno, the new Deputy Director General of RIA Cyber Security Branch:

The authority organised a public competition last October to find a director for the Cyber Security Branch. About ten people applied for the position. The Director General of the Information System Authority chose the suitable candidate in early December.

Previously, Uku Särekanno has worked at different positions in the European Commission, the Government Office, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Public Order and Criminal Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior, and represented Estonia in Brussels regarding issues of migration and police cooperation.

Before, since September 2011, this responsibility has been borne by Toomas Vaks, who previously worked as a risk manager for bank cards in Swedbank, before he was employed at Hansapank.

Links:
https://tehnika.postimees.ee/4367831/ria-koondas-legendaarse-eesti-turvaspetsialisti-anto-veldre
https://geenius.ee/uudis/ria-koondas-eesti-turvaspetsialisti-anto-veldre/
https://www.err.ee/654409/ria-uks-juhivtootaja-klaid-magi-lahkub-toole-erasektorisse
https://geenius.ee/uudis/riast-lahkus-toolt-jargmine-tippekspert-certi-juht-klaid-magi/
https://geenius.ee/uudis/peterkop-me-ei-suuda-erasektoriga-voistelda-aga-pakume-erilist-tood/
https://www.ria.ee/en/uku-sarekanno-is-the-deputy-director-general-of-the-information-system-authority.html
https://geenius.ee/uudis/uus-eesti-kuberkaitse-juht-meie-maine-hoidmiseks-ei-piisa-enam-ainult-raakimisest-ja-konverentsidel-kaimisest/
http://arileht.delfi.ee/news/uudised/ria-endine-kuberturbejuht-macgyveri-teibiga-e-riiki-ei-ehitata?id=79908056

Conference “The Present and Future of Cybersecurity”

Conference “The Present and Future of Cybersecurity”
April 26, 2017, National Library of Estonia

13.00-13.30 – Registration and welcome coffee
13.30-13.40 – Opening words – Urve Palo (Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology)
13.40-14.00 – Keynote – Jaak Aaviksoo (Rector of TUT)
14.00-15.00 – Discussion “Evolution of cyber attacks – what has changed in ten years?” Klaid Mägi (RIA, head of CERT-EE) leader. Debating: Hillar Aarelaid (Police and Border Guard Board), Jaan Priisalu (TUT), Merike Käo (Farsight Security CTO)
15.00-15.30 – Cofee break
15.30-17.00 – Discussion “Discurses, paradigms and form of cyber policy in practice” Taimar Peterkop (Director General of RIA) leader. Debating: Sven Sakkov (Director of NATO CCD CoE), Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar (European Union, Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at European External Action Service), Lauri Lugna (Secretary General at the Ministry of Interior), Lauri Almann (Co-Founder of BHC Laboratory)
17.00-17.30 – Closing words – Toomas Vaks (RIA, Head of Cyber Security Branch)
17.30-19.30 – After conference reception. Appearance of RIA band VaRIA.

Work language of the conference is Estonian.

Links:
http://kyberkonverents.publicon.ee/registreerimine/

Bitcoin miners found in Pärnu Hospital

Last spring Pärnu Hospital received information that it is involved in a massive virtual money, or so-called bitcoin mining. “Arguably, this was the largest bitcoin miner in the area of ​​Pärnu,” added the source. It turned out that bitcoin mining in the hospital was performed for nearly two years.

It would be interesting to know how the mining was discovered. There is no place in Bitcoin ecosystem where one could list “largest miners in the area of Pärnu”.

The mining was performed by the hospital network administrator and medical technician – they used in total six devices for this purpose. Some of the equipment was placed on the 8th floor in ventilation equipment rooms. The devices had multiple graphics cards, as well as a smaller machine Antminer was running Linux operating system from the SD card. Larger servers using Windows Server 2012 platform also engaged in the extraction of virtual money.

The medical technician was let go but the network administrator was given only a warning.

RIA will now investigate whether bitcoin mining had security implications:

“Based on media coverage, it cannot be excluded that the case could be a security incident,” said Toomas Vaks, Deputy Director General of Information System’s Authority.

Links:
http://tehnika.postimees.ee/4005003/turvarisk-ria-asus-uurima-bitcoinide-kaevandamist-paernu-haiglas
http://geenius.ee/uudis/kruptoraha-ekspert-parnu-haiglas-olnud-masinad-ei-pruukinud-olla-tulutoovad