Today 13 June, Foreign Minister of Estonia Margus Tsahkna spoke on the second day of the Tallinn Summer School of Cyber Diplomacy, which brings together diplomats, researchers and experts specialising in cyber topics from 43 countries.
In his speech, Minister Tsahkna highlighted the fact that for Estonia, the continued development of cyber capabilities and the consistent boosting of cybersecurity was an existential issue.
“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has once again shown that cyberattacks have become an integral part of the way Russia wages war. Malicious cyber operations targeting critical infrastructure – for example, public e-services, banking systems or hospitals – cannot be justified and they are in complete violation of international law,” Tsahkna said, adding that this is why it was important to continue developing cyber diplomacy capabilities. To ensure responsible behaviour and the overall stability of cyberspace, we need more cyber diplomats in Estonia and beyond.
From 12 to 16 June, the fourth Tallinn Summer School of Cyber Diplomacy is held in Tallinn, bringing together around 60 diplomats, researchers and experts specialising in cyber topics from Europe and beyond. The main focus of the summer school is on international law and norms in cyberspace, the role of cyber operations in conflict, increasing cyber resilience and deterrence activities. The summer school is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the European Commission (INTPA), e-Governance Academy (eGA) and ESTDEV.