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Estonia to help enhance cyber security in the Americas

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 - Toomas Vaks, Director of Cyber Security of the Information System Authority (RIA) and Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States (OAS) signed a cooperation agreement between the two organizations.

From left: Eerik Marmei, Toomas Vaks and Adam Blackwell. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the agreement, RIA will offer its knowledge and experience to enhance the cyber security in countries of Central and South America. The goal of this cooperation is to support these countries in their cyber defense efforts as well as strengthen Estonia’s image as a thought leader in cyber security.

RIA will advise on creating of strategic cyber security documents, establishing organizations and training cyber security experts.

„It is important that Estonian cyber experts can share their experience with other nations and gain new knowledge in the process,“ said Toomas Vaks. „There are many small states in this region with similar issues and we can also learn from them. Countries which have only recently begun developing their cyber security often use new technologies which we haven’t tried.“

Adam Blackwell acknowledged Estonia for being a pioneer in innovative cyber solutions: „The goal of OAS is to build bridges to connect best practices in the region and Estonia with its years of experience is a valued partner for us,“ he added.

This year, experts from RIA have participated in two mutually beneficial OAS training missions. RIA participation in OAS training and consultation events is funded by OAS.

Topic: Cyber Security

Added 21.10.2014

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