Intro

The Estonian Information Security Association (EISA) was founded to boost cross-sectorial cooperation in Estonia between academia and private sector as well as with the government, including supporting the EU’s contractual Public Private Partnership (cPPP) model on cybersecurity. The joint effort intends to formalise existing ties and enhance R&D activities in the information security and cybersecurity field in Estonia.

Members

European project to support cybersecurity SMEs’ competitiveness and inter-regional cooperation

29.11.2018 - Tallinn

State Information System Authority (RIA) is hosting the international partners of the Interreg Europe project “CYBER” in Tallinn on December 12-13, involving the members of the Estonian Information Security Association in their activates.


Three members of the Estonian Information Security Association (EISA) – Cybernetica, BHC Laboratory (CybExer) and Guardtime will participate in the Interreg Europe project “CYBER” meeting in Tallinn. During the first day of the meeting, the project group is given the opportunity to get to know better the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem by visiting different organisations and understanding the level of maturity of cybersecurity in Estonia. The three EISA members will join the project meeting at the e-Estonia Showroom for presentations and demos of their products and services.


The Interreg Europe project “CYBER” overall objective is to boost competitiveness of cybersecurity SMEs, thanks to improved public policies – in Estonia especially the next generation cybersecurity strategy 2019-2022. The project involves public authorities, such as State Information System Authority (RIA) across Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) that can help knock down barriers of market fragmentation, lack of coordination of regional actors and lack of skills. The project intends to improve the cybersecurity innovation ecosystem in all partner regions. The first project meeting took place in July 2018 in Rennes, France.


As the State Information System Authority is a close partner, it intends to involve the Association’s member SMEs during the course of the project also in the future. During the five years of the project, Estonian Information Security Association can help tackle the issues that will be identified inter-regionally and can participate at the project meetings across Europe to build relationships with other countries.

 

CYBER – Regional policies for competitive cybersecurity SMEs https://www.interregeurope.eu/cyber/


Members of the Estonian Information Security Association join the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace"

12.11.2018 - Paris

Two members of the Estonian Information Security Association joined the list of supporters of the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace", the high-level declaration on developing common principles for securing cyberspace.


Two members of the EISA, Cybernetica and Guardtime, became supporters of the declaration early in the process. There were in total 370 signatories of the Paris Call, including state governments, NGOs and private companies. In addition to the two companies, the Estonian government also was among the supporters of the declaration.


“Cybernetica has a long history with uncommon partnerships that bring together actors across fields to achieve high impact results. We strive towards the goals of Paris Call in our operations across the globe and feel a strong sense of agency in moving forward together to build a secure world,” said Oliver Väärtnõu, Chairman of the Management Board of Cybernetica.


The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace was launched at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on 11 November by the President Emmanuel Macron with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of the stability in cyber space and to provide a forum for discussions among states, civil society and industry.


"Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace" - https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/paris_call_text_-_en_cle06f918.pdf 


Cybersecurity Competence Centre Signs Cooperation Agreement with Estonian Government

16.01.2018 - Tallinn

The newly established Estonian Information Security Association, a cybersecurity competence centre bringing together academia and private sector, signed a cooperation agreement last week with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and Estonian Information Systems Authority.

The joint effort brings together government, Estonia-based cyber security companies and research institutions to formalize existing ties and enhance R&D activities across sectors. Founding members feature leading Estonian cybersecurity companies (BHC Laboratory, Clarified Security, Cybernetica, Guardtime) and esteemed academic institutions, including Tallinn University of Technology. The joining process of Tartu University is ongoing.

„Estonia has been a global information security hotspot for a decade. Given the fast pace of innovation and the ever-expanding threat and risk landscape, we realise now more than ever that joint efforts across sectors and strong partnership between the government, academia and the private sector are fundamental to sustaining this highly digital way of life Europe has chosen,“ highlighted Taimar Peterkop, Director General of the Estonian Information System Authority, adding that joint R&D leading to knowledge transfer and smart procurement are priorities for any government.

“Having seen this year how EU has turned a new page in its approach to cyber security and having also been through a nation-wide transparent risk management relating to our government-backed identity, it is clear that this formal agreement also helps us to take a step forward as a nation as well. We aim to make our experiences better accessible and usable to EU and other international partners,” Peterkop added.

“Cyber security has to be a fundamental consideration of any information system or solution. Estonia is proof that it can and should be practiced together across sectors, be it through exercises, trainings, standards or knowledge sharing,” noted Erki Kodar, Under Secretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs at the Ministry of Defence.

„Estonia has been a successful test lab for secure digital services ranging from a digital identity scheme to online voting and integration of blockchain into data integrity solutions. This new partnership allows us to further focus on our efforts on demonstrable and scalable strengths of this diverse ecosystem,“ emphasised Martin Ruubel, President of Guardtime, co-founder of the association.

According to Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO of Cybernetica, one of the founding companies of the association, the new competence centre will further encourage cross-sector R&D initiatives „In addition to technical competence, Estonia is unique in fostering a nation-wide ecosystem of public and private sector digital services, based on security by design as much as building trust across the society and economy,“ said Väärtnõu.

Over the past two decades, Estonia has built a nation-wide digital ecosystem, boasting a wealth of governmental and private sector digital services that has led to a competitive and diverse cyber security economy ranging from agile start-ups to world-renowned international corporations. Estonia also has a proven track record of international cooperation, including hosting EU-level institutions and the NATO CCD COE, a think tank and training facility in Tallinn.

This cooperation formalises existing cooperation between enterprises, research institutions and government agencies. The agreement lays foundation for further cooperation across sectors and focus areas ranging from particular technologies to macro problems such as data integrity, cyber capacity building and hygiene as well as skills development. In particular, secure digital identity will be one of the focal points of the collaboration as Estonia has extensive experience in building a nation-wide digital identity framework with the compulsory Estonian ID-card launched back in 2002, providing expertise also in the related fields of cryptography, creating regulatory frameworks, building public and private sector joint digital services and the sociology of digitalisation as well as agile development, smart procurement and risk management.


Estonian Information System Authority - https://www.ria.ee/en/news/cybersecurity-competence-centre-signs-cooperation-agreement.html

Press releases

European project to support cybersecurity SMEs’ competitiveness and inter-regional cooperation

29.11.2018 - Tallinn

State Information System Authority (RIA) is hosting the international partners of the Interreg Europe project “CYBER” in Tallinn on December 12-13, involving the members of the Estonian Information Security Association in their activates.


Three members of the Estonian Information Security Association (EISA) – Cybernetica, BHC Laboratory (CybExer) and Guardtime will participate in the Interreg Europe project “CYBER” meeting in Tallinn. During the first day of the meeting, the project group is given the opportunity to get to know better the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem by visiting different organisations and understanding the level of maturity of cybersecurity in Estonia. The three EISA members will join the project meeting at the e-Estonia Showroom for presentations and demos of their products and services.


The Interreg Europe project “CYBER” overall objective is to boost competitiveness of cybersecurity SMEs, thanks to improved public policies – in Estonia especially the next generation cybersecurity strategy 2019-2022. The project involves public authorities, such as State Information System Authority (RIA) across Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) that can help knock down barriers of market fragmentation, lack of coordination of regional actors and lack of skills. The project intends to improve the cybersecurity innovation ecosystem in all partner regions. The first project meeting took place in July 2018 in Rennes, France.


As the State Information System Authority is a close partner, it intends to involve the Association’s member SMEs during the course of the project also in the future. During the five years of the project, Estonian Information Security Association can help tackle the issues that will be identified inter-regionally and can participate at the project meetings across Europe to build relationships with other countries.

 

CYBER – Regional policies for competitive cybersecurity SMEs https://www.interregeurope.eu/cyber/


Members of the Estonian Information Security Association join the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace"

12.11.2018 - Paris

Two members of the Estonian Information Security Association joined the list of supporters of the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace", the high-level declaration on developing common principles for securing cyberspace.


Two members of the EISA, Cybernetica and Guardtime, became supporters of the declaration early in the process. There were in total 370 signatories of the Paris Call, including state governments, NGOs and private companies. In addition to the two companies, the Estonian government also was among the supporters of the declaration.


“Cybernetica has a long history with uncommon partnerships that bring together actors across fields to achieve high impact results. We strive towards the goals of Paris Call in our operations across the globe and feel a strong sense of agency in moving forward together to build a secure world,” said Oliver Väärtnõu, Chairman of the Management Board of Cybernetica.


The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace was launched at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on 11 November by the President Emmanuel Macron with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of the stability in cyber space and to provide a forum for discussions among states, civil society and industry.


"Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace" - https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/paris_call_text_-_en_cle06f918.pdf 


Cybersecurity Competence Centre Signs Cooperation Agreement with Estonian Government

16.01.2018 - Tallinn

The newly established Estonian Information Security Association, a cybersecurity competence centre bringing together academia and private sector, signed a cooperation agreement last week with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and Estonian Information Systems Authority.

The joint effort brings together government, Estonia-based cyber security companies and research institutions to formalize existing ties and enhance R&D activities across sectors. Founding members feature leading Estonian cybersecurity companies (BHC Laboratory, Clarified Security, Cybernetica, Guardtime) and esteemed academic institutions, including Tallinn University of Technology. The joining process of Tartu University is ongoing.

„Estonia has been a global information security hotspot for a decade. Given the fast pace of innovation and the ever-expanding threat and risk landscape, we realise now more than ever that joint efforts across sectors and strong partnership between the government, academia and the private sector are fundamental to sustaining this highly digital way of life Europe has chosen,“ highlighted Taimar Peterkop, Director General of the Estonian Information System Authority, adding that joint R&D leading to knowledge transfer and smart procurement are priorities for any government.

“Having seen this year how EU has turned a new page in its approach to cyber security and having also been through a nation-wide transparent risk management relating to our government-backed identity, it is clear that this formal agreement also helps us to take a step forward as a nation as well. We aim to make our experiences better accessible and usable to EU and other international partners,” Peterkop added.

“Cyber security has to be a fundamental consideration of any information system or solution. Estonia is proof that it can and should be practiced together across sectors, be it through exercises, trainings, standards or knowledge sharing,” noted Erki Kodar, Under Secretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs at the Ministry of Defence.

„Estonia has been a successful test lab for secure digital services ranging from a digital identity scheme to online voting and integration of blockchain into data integrity solutions. This new partnership allows us to further focus on our efforts on demonstrable and scalable strengths of this diverse ecosystem,“ emphasised Martin Ruubel, President of Guardtime, co-founder of the association.

According to Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO of Cybernetica, one of the founding companies of the association, the new competence centre will further encourage cross-sector R&D initiatives „In addition to technical competence, Estonia is unique in fostering a nation-wide ecosystem of public and private sector digital services, based on security by design as much as building trust across the society and economy,“ said Väärtnõu.

Over the past two decades, Estonia has built a nation-wide digital ecosystem, boasting a wealth of governmental and private sector digital services that has led to a competitive and diverse cyber security economy ranging from agile start-ups to world-renowned international corporations. Estonia also has a proven track record of international cooperation, including hosting EU-level institutions and the NATO CCD COE, a think tank and training facility in Tallinn.

This cooperation formalises existing cooperation between enterprises, research institutions and government agencies. The agreement lays foundation for further cooperation across sectors and focus areas ranging from particular technologies to macro problems such as data integrity, cyber capacity building and hygiene as well as skills development. In particular, secure digital identity will be one of the focal points of the collaboration as Estonia has extensive experience in building a nation-wide digital identity framework with the compulsory Estonian ID-card launched back in 2002, providing expertise also in the related fields of cryptography, creating regulatory frameworks, building public and private sector joint digital services and the sociology of digitalisation as well as agile development, smart procurement and risk management.


Estonian Information System Authority - https://www.ria.ee/en/news/cybersecurity-competence-centre-signs-cooperation-agreement.html

Contact

European project to support cybersecurity SMEs’ competitiveness and inter-regional cooperation

29.11.2018 - Tallinn

State Information System Authority (RIA) is hosting the international partners of the Interreg Europe project “CYBER” in Tallinn on December 12-13, involving the members of the Estonian Information Security Association in their activates.


Three members of the Estonian Information Security Association (EISA) – Cybernetica, BHC Laboratory (CybExer) and Guardtime will participate in the Interreg Europe project “CYBER” meeting in Tallinn. During the first day of the meeting, the project group is given the opportunity to get to know better the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem by visiting different organisations and understanding the level of maturity of cybersecurity in Estonia. The three EISA members will join the project meeting at the e-Estonia Showroom for presentations and demos of their products and services.


The Interreg Europe project “CYBER” overall objective is to boost competitiveness of cybersecurity SMEs, thanks to improved public policies – in Estonia especially the next generation cybersecurity strategy 2019-2022. The project involves public authorities, such as State Information System Authority (RIA) across Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain) that can help knock down barriers of market fragmentation, lack of coordination of regional actors and lack of skills. The project intends to improve the cybersecurity innovation ecosystem in all partner regions. The first project meeting took place in July 2018 in Rennes, France.


As the State Information System Authority is a close partner, it intends to involve the Association’s member SMEs during the course of the project also in the future. During the five years of the project, Estonian Information Security Association can help tackle the issues that will be identified inter-regionally and can participate at the project meetings across Europe to build relationships with other countries.

 

CYBER – Regional policies for competitive cybersecurity SMEs https://www.interregeurope.eu/cyber/


Members of the Estonian Information Security Association join the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace"

12.11.2018 - Paris

Two members of the Estonian Information Security Association joined the list of supporters of the "Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace", the high-level declaration on developing common principles for securing cyberspace.


Two members of the EISA, Cybernetica and Guardtime, became supporters of the declaration early in the process. There were in total 370 signatories of the Paris Call, including state governments, NGOs and private companies. In addition to the two companies, the Estonian government also was among the supporters of the declaration.


“Cybernetica has a long history with uncommon partnerships that bring together actors across fields to achieve high impact results. We strive towards the goals of Paris Call in our operations across the globe and feel a strong sense of agency in moving forward together to build a secure world,” said Oliver Väärtnõu, Chairman of the Management Board of Cybernetica.


The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace was launched at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on 11 November by the President Emmanuel Macron with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of the stability in cyber space and to provide a forum for discussions among states, civil society and industry.


"Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace" - https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/paris_call_text_-_en_cle06f918.pdf 


Cybersecurity Competence Centre Signs Cooperation Agreement with Estonian Government

16.01.2018 - Tallinn

The newly established Estonian Information Security Association, a cybersecurity competence centre bringing together academia and private sector, signed a cooperation agreement last week with the Estonian Ministry of Defence and Estonian Information Systems Authority.

The joint effort brings together government, Estonia-based cyber security companies and research institutions to formalize existing ties and enhance R&D activities across sectors. Founding members feature leading Estonian cybersecurity companies (BHC Laboratory, Clarified Security, Cybernetica, Guardtime) and esteemed academic institutions, including Tallinn University of Technology. The joining process of Tartu University is ongoing.

„Estonia has been a global information security hotspot for a decade. Given the fast pace of innovation and the ever-expanding threat and risk landscape, we realise now more than ever that joint efforts across sectors and strong partnership between the government, academia and the private sector are fundamental to sustaining this highly digital way of life Europe has chosen,“ highlighted Taimar Peterkop, Director General of the Estonian Information System Authority, adding that joint R&D leading to knowledge transfer and smart procurement are priorities for any government.

“Having seen this year how EU has turned a new page in its approach to cyber security and having also been through a nation-wide transparent risk management relating to our government-backed identity, it is clear that this formal agreement also helps us to take a step forward as a nation as well. We aim to make our experiences better accessible and usable to EU and other international partners,” Peterkop added.

“Cyber security has to be a fundamental consideration of any information system or solution. Estonia is proof that it can and should be practiced together across sectors, be it through exercises, trainings, standards or knowledge sharing,” noted Erki Kodar, Under Secretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs at the Ministry of Defence.

„Estonia has been a successful test lab for secure digital services ranging from a digital identity scheme to online voting and integration of blockchain into data integrity solutions. This new partnership allows us to further focus on our efforts on demonstrable and scalable strengths of this diverse ecosystem,“ emphasised Martin Ruubel, President of Guardtime, co-founder of the association.

According to Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO of Cybernetica, one of the founding companies of the association, the new competence centre will further encourage cross-sector R&D initiatives „In addition to technical competence, Estonia is unique in fostering a nation-wide ecosystem of public and private sector digital services, based on security by design as much as building trust across the society and economy,“ said Väärtnõu.

Over the past two decades, Estonia has built a nation-wide digital ecosystem, boasting a wealth of governmental and private sector digital services that has led to a competitive and diverse cyber security economy ranging from agile start-ups to world-renowned international corporations. Estonia also has a proven track record of international cooperation, including hosting EU-level institutions and the NATO CCD COE, a think tank and training facility in Tallinn.

This cooperation formalises existing cooperation between enterprises, research institutions and government agencies. The agreement lays foundation for further cooperation across sectors and focus areas ranging from particular technologies to macro problems such as data integrity, cyber capacity building and hygiene as well as skills development. In particular, secure digital identity will be one of the focal points of the collaboration as Estonia has extensive experience in building a nation-wide digital identity framework with the compulsory Estonian ID-card launched back in 2002, providing expertise also in the related fields of cryptography, creating regulatory frameworks, building public and private sector joint digital services and the sociology of digitalisation as well as agile development, smart procurement and risk management.


Estonian Information System Authority - https://www.ria.ee/en/news/cybersecurity-competence-centre-signs-cooperation-agreement.html