The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) concluded a framework agreement with Guardtime OÜ and GT Cyber Technologies OÜ, the object of which is to develop, over a period of four years, an automated command and development platform for the NATO Cyber Range, which will exponentially improve the resources required for preparing and carrying out cyber training exercises.
‘Operated by the Estonian Defence Forces, the NATO Cyber Range facilitates the largest international joint exercises and offers cyber training for experts from Estonia, its allies and partners, which in turn ensures better preparedness for cyber-attacks, thereby increasing our own cyberspace deterrence capabilities as well as the capabilities of our allies. Automation provides the opportunity to reduce manpower resources required to carry out large-scale supranational training exercises, with the development enabling the re-use of the necessary IT components’, noted Andri Rebane, Director of Cyber Policy Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence.
‘Cyber defense is part of NATO’s core mission of collective defense, and Estonian companies have once again proven that Estonia is a cyber state and there is no such complex and unsolvable cyber projects that cannot be implemented’, added Priit Soosaar, Strategic Category Manager (C4I, Cyber and Radars) for the ECDI.
This agreement involves the first phase of development, with the ECDI set to soon announce procurements for the next phase of development, the implementation of which will result in NATO’s Cyber Range becoming fully operational in the summer of 2021.
A total of six applications for participation in the international procurement were received: three from Estonian companies, and the remainder from Poland, Spain and Portugal.