Estonia helps members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly prepare for dealing with cyber crises

On 19 February, Estonia led a strategic cyber exercise for the members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. The aim of the exercise was to enact a realistic cyber incident and find possible solutions.

“One of the aims of Estonia’s cyber diplomacy is to increase, together with our allies and partners, the know-how on cyberspace and related threats. Cyber incidents are occurring more often and undermining stability, which is why it is particularly crucial to know how to identify these threats and give a proportional response,” Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, the Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security said, explaining the background of the exercise.

The exercise for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly was organised by the Foreign Ministry’s Cyber Diplomacy Department in cooperation with Estonia’s permanent representations to the European Union and NATO.

The event was carried out by the Estonian company CybExer Technologies. According to Merle Maigre, Head of Governmental Relations at CybExer Technologies, it is important to provide the strategic level decision-makers with regular exercises on solving a major cyber crisis, so that they would realise that instead of becoming security engineers, seeing, understanding, and communicating the big picture, without getting lost in the small technical pieces, is key.

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