Swedish cyber experts and diplomats visited Tallinn this week to discuss the situation of cybersecurity in the region, and bolster cyber education in Estonia and Sweden.
“Cyber space is playing an increasingly large role in diplomacy. It is not only about being able to resist cyber-attacks, it is also about what kind of a global Internet do we want and whether or not our diplomats can make sure it is achieved,” said Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar who coordinated the visit. “Finding answers to these questions will be vital in the next five or ten years.”
According to Tiirmaa-Klaar, one of the ways to do this is to cooperate with like-minded countries that support an open and rules-based cyberspace, and this visit is an excellent example. “Estonia and Sweden have a lot to learn from each other on cyber issues. Just like in Estonia, the level of cybersecurity in Sweden is good and there is an understanding that cyber issues are best resolved by working together with other countries. In our meetings with various Estonian ministries, we and our Swedish colleagues spoke about increasing regional cybersecurity capabilities.” The agenda also included enhancing cooperation in international formats in the UN, NATO and the European Union to ensure the implementation of existing legislation and establishing rules of conduct in cyberspace.
The Swedish delegation was headed by Erik Windmar, the Cybersecurity Coordinator of the Swedish Prime Minister. The visit included meetings with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Information System Authority, the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Defence. The delegation also visited TalTech and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and met with Estonian cyber entrepreneurs.
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