Estonia ambassador to connect dots from cyberwar to security culture


It often takes a significant event – perhaps a pandemic or a major cyberattack  – to test an organization’s cybersecurity chops and provoke its transformation into a security culture that builds resiliency.

For Estonia, the journey to transformation and resilience came after one of the most notorious series of devastating cyberattacks executed by Russian operatives in 2007.

The attacks prompted the nation to rethink its approach to security, from the top of government to the everyday citizen, according to Estonia’s ambassador to the U.S., Jonatan Vseviov. He will take SC Media Editor-in-Chief Jill Aitoro through the country’s journey to security powerhouse and shining example of cyber resiliency, during the Sept. 16 opening session of RiskSec DIGITAL 2020, The Psychology of Resilience.

In the years since the 2007 attacks, Estonia has made good on its commitment to cybersecurity. It joined 19 other countries in Operation Power Off, the April 2018 takedown of the former dark market, and was among 27 nations to sign a statement reaffirming a commitment to a framework for responsible state behavior in cyberspace.

Vseviov, who previously served in the Estonia Ministry of Defense, is one of three individuals who was awarded the lifelong diplomatic rank of ambassador by the country’s president.

Be sure to join Vseviov and other cybersecurity luminaries Sept. 16-17 for two informative mornings at RiskSec DIGITAL 2020 – SC Media’s flagship cybersecurity event, produced virtually for the first time.

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