The Special Service for National Security (SSNS) is an organization of law enforcement and the Hungarian state administration with a wide range of activities. The diversity and multiplicity of the tasks of the SSNS, the complexity of the work processes, and the explosive change of technologies require SSNS constantly to search for and to be aware of the new procedures and technical methods in its entire service area. However, for the effectiveness of the tasks performed by the SSNS it is necessary not only to know, but also to participate in the research and technology development closely related to the tasks in its service portfolio by involving and managing appropriate external capacities, knowledge centres and research partners.
The research strategy of the organization serves all elements of its four main branches of activities: supporting the special tasks of law enforcement and national security organizations; cyber security, cyber and information security; expert activity; and authority activities related to cyber defence and the production / protection of security documents.
In the field of cyber security, in the processes of EWS (early warning system) and biometric identification, we are already using artificial intelligence-based solutions. In the future – due to the scarcity of defence resources as well as the increasing number and sophistication of cyber attacks and increasing number of data – the role of AI will become more and more significant.
It is very important to have deep knowledge on AI based solutions in the state administration, at the operation of critical infrastructure (including several fields of telecommunication), in the national security, law enforcement and national defence. It is also important to work out the know how in order to support the organs/ organisations planning and developing the applications to find the most safe solutions.
The AI can improve not just the quality of our services especially regarding to our activities of forensic and cyber-security but it will inevitably be the base of an effective protective ecosystem raising the security of Hungary (and the EU) to a higher level.
Establishment of the Cyber-security Research Centre of SSNS (NBSZ KKK)
The increase of the threats coming from the global cyber-space and also the ever expanding use of the electronic IT systems makes inevitable the adaption of the tools and organizational-systems of the cyber-security and the relevant legal environment to the new requirements.
The observation, analysation of the cyber-security events and the carrying out of the appropriate countermeasures, require the application of the most up to date technologies and methods, therefore, according to a government decision of 2019, a Research and Development capability must be created within the SSNS that can support the national and international (EU) obligations designated to be implemented by the Service.
The Administration Cyber-protection Toolbox (White Paper) is a live, constantly updated collection of recommendations.
Related to the IT systems of the state administration and local municipality organizations and organizations operating the critical infrastructure, it is the SSNS National Cyber Security Centre (hereinafter: SSNS NCSC) that runs the incident management centre (CSIRT) that deals directly with the attacks and threats coming from the cyberspace, and performs the detection of the weak elements of the IT systems operated by the organizations to be protected, and the testing of the protection capabilities of the given system (vulnerability assessment).
The aim of the White Paper is to help the users, IT administrators, and leaders, how can they increase the current level of security, and how can they decrease the exposure to risks, and what is the expected way of recommended behaviour they should follow.