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The Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre to lead research on securing 5G networks for military mobility

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, also known as the CCDCOE, based in Tallinn, Estonia, will lead a research project exploring the security of 5G networks in relation to military mobility. The project is funded by the US Department of Defense and the Estonian foreign ministry and carried …

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Estonia’s prime minister Jüri Ratas resigns, Kaja Kallas asked to form the government

Jüri Ratas, the Estonian prime minister and the head of the Centre Party, has resigned, following the party’s suspected criminal involvement in a corruption case, bringing an end to the current coalition government; On 14 January, the Estonian president nominated the opposition leader Kaja Kallas as the candidate for new …

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LIVE: Open Society Forum “Rule of Law in the European Union: Liberty of the Many or Duty of the Few?”

The Open Estonia Foundation and the European Commission’s representation in Estonia organise an online forum on the rule of law in the EU on 13 January at 15:00-17:00 EET; Estonian World will broadcast the forum live. The forum will discuss what rule of law means in practice in today’s EU, …

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NATO intercepts hundreds of Russian military jets

In 2020, the NATO-allied air forces in Europe scrambled around 350 times to intercept Russian military aircraft approaching the alliance’s airspace – including 48 times by the NATO jets based at Estonia’s Ämari Air Base. The NATO headquarters said in a statement that the alliance’s aircraft were scrambled more than …

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IT authority: Estonian companies lose over €1 million annually to cyberattacks

According to the Estonian Information System Authority, in recent years, the country’s companies have incurred losses exceeding more than €1 million annually due to cybercrime; to tackle the issue, the authority has launched an information campaign to increase the safety of the Estonian business environment and cyberspace. “However, the damages …

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The US allocates USD169 million of security assistance to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The US Congress adopted a USD2.3 trillion defence appropriations bill, which foresees USD168.7 million of security assistance to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2021; for the first time, the security assistance is allocated through the newly created Baltic Security Initiative that highlighted the security concerns of the Baltic region in …

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The Estonian Navy receives two brand new vessels

Two brand new patrol boats, christened Risto and Roland, have been handed over to the Estonian Navy – the first ones built in post-Soviet occupation independent Estonia. Built by the Saaremaa-based Estonian company, Baltic Workboats, the patrol boats are meant to ensure the military protection of NATO and its partner countries’ …

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Three Estonian ministries had significant data breaches in November

According to the Estonian Information System Authority – also known by its Estonian acronym, RIA – three Estonian ministries reported cybersecurity incidents in November that resulted in significant breaches of personal data. The three ministries were the economy ministry, the foreign ministry and the social affairs ministry. “The affected ministries …

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Estonia is hosting the Global Conference for Media Freedom in 2021

Estonia will be hosting the Global Conference for Media Freedom in 2021, an event designed to strengthen joint efforts in defending media freedom worldwide and to connect with journalists and media workers, civil society and governments. According to the Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia was taking on the responsibility …

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Estonian cyber security company CybExer to build a cyber range for Luxembourg

Estonian cyber security company CybExer has been awarded a three-year contract by the Luxembourg Directorate of Defence for the acquisition of a cyber range – an IT-systems’ simulation environment for enhancing an organisation’s cyber defence capabilities through training and testing activities. The Directorate of Defence of Luxembourg recently decided to …

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