As Cyber ​​Threats Rise, Private Sector Also Teach Youth Cyber ​​Defense | New

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On the morning of August 26, all major Estonian news networks shut down. Basic services of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (Haigekassa) were unavailable between 2:10 p.m. and 2:38 p.m. on 7 September. An attack in September disrupted production and caused data loss at businesses in southern Estonia.

These are just a few recent examples of cyberattacks. The National Information Systems Authority (RIA) recorded 200 serious incidents in September.

“We are seeing an increase in the frequency of cyber-attacks in the context of war, and that, of course, highlights the problem that there is an even greater need for young people, citizens who know how to defend their country. and cyberspace,” said Marki Tihhonova-Kreek, CEO of cyber company CTF technology.

At Estonia’s biggest cyber competition, held in Tartu on Saturday, 120 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 tackled real-life situations related to smart city services on a cyber training ground. The Estonian Cyber ​​Command (Kaitsevägi) uses the competition to discover the most motivated young specialists.

“We have a separate program, cyber conscription, where young people, just like those behind us here, serve in the cyber army. They hone their skills, improve them and apply them in real life situations,” said Cyber ​​Command NCO Kristo Pals said. “It would be a natural progression, starting with competition, then serving in our cyber army, and finally serving in the field as a reservist.”

The doorknob is constantly knocked, but access is rare. For example, pro-Kremlin hackers tried to shut down Estonia’s digital services after the Narva tank and other Soviet landmarks were removed, but were unsuccessful.

As society and essential services continue to digitize, the demand for cyber defenders increases.

“We liken this process to Tiger Leap, which also started with collaboration between the commercial sector, the public sector and educational institutions,” Tihhonova-Kreek said. “Today we are doing the same, in that the private and public sectors are working together to foster the kind of future talent that is essential to the development of a smart society.”

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