Estonian ministry issues call to participate in idea gathering on cyber security in space

  • 2020-10-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - An idea gathering to collect ideas about cyber security related to space, sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Enterprise Estonia, was about to kick off on Wednesday. 

The aim of the idea gathering is to develop new solutions related to cyber security in collaboration with technology companies, spokespeople for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications said. 

Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem described ever intensifying cooperation with ESA as a good opportunity to advance the development of Estonian hi-tech business.

"In collaboration with the European Space Agency, Estonian businesses will get the possibility to develop new ambitious products and services, increase their capability to offer services in the field of cyber defense in space and find new markets in the ever growing space sector," Siem said.

"Developing new smart solutions will also help grow the Estonian economy in the future," the minister added.  

He said that in the field of space technology, the strength of Estonian businesses lies specifically in the field of cyber security, where the competence and know-how of Estonian companies has received also international recognition. 

"This gives reason to hope that the idea gathering will be as successful as the one at the beginning of the year and our companies will achieve the end goal, meaning the conclusion of an agreement with the European Space Agency, to then develop the offered solutions further in cooperation with the agency," Siem said.  

The winners of the idea gathering will be eligible for the ESA technology development selection program titled General Support Technology Program (GSTP), which will offer companies an opportunity to test their cyber defense technologies, products and services on Earth's orbit and  validate their cyber defense capability in space. 

As a result of the first idea gathering carried out at the beginning of this year, three Estonian tech companies -- SpaceIT, CybExer and CGI Estonia -- concluded an agreement with ESA to develop a satellite operations simulator which enables to develop, test and validate satellite communication systems in a controlled environment.

The idea gathering aims to collect ideas for software solutions for protecting technology in space, management of security risks and security testing. Also welcome are ideas for the conduct of space related cyber training exercises. 

Ideas can be submitted to the Space Office of Enterprise Estonia until Dec. 14.