Estonia, US to start exchanging cyber defense related threat information

  • 2020-01-14
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The United States Air Force and the defense forces of Estonia are to start exchanging threat information via an automated threat information system.

The Estonian Center for Defense Investment (RKIK) and Cybernetica AS have signed a framework agreement aiming to launch an automated cyber security threat information exchange system between the US Air Force and the Estonian defense forces and develop a software system for the exchange of threat information between the two countries' defense forces, RKIK said.

"The goal is to create an automated threat information system between the US Air Force and the Estonian defense forces that meets the specifics of the two countries' defense forces and significantly strengthens the cyber defense capabilities of the parties. Regular exchange of threat information between different parties is one of the main pillars of today's cyber defense capability," Kusti Salm, director general of RKIK, said.

The system to be created will be used primarily by Estonia and the US, and other allies will be involved at a later stage, which will strengthen the cyber security of the participating member states as well as the allied forces stationed in Estonia.

Oliver Vaartnou, CEO of Cybernetica, said that this is a historic step in defense cooperation between the two countries.

"This is the first capability developed jointly by the two countries. The opportunity to participate in this project is a great recognition of Cybernetica's level of secure data exchange, privacy and information security technologies," Vaartnou added.

The project is based on a defense research and development agreement signed in 2016 between the US Department of Defense and the Estonian Ministry of Defense the signing of which was born out of cooperation with the US Air Force Research Laboratory.