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EU CyberNet

The European Union is increasingly funding cybersecurity projects in third countries, and the European Commission therefore felt the need for an EU-wide network of cybersecurity experts to carry out such projects.

To launch the network, the European Commission announced an international call for tenders and the winner was a project drawn up by the Information System Authority (RIA). In August 2019, RIA and the European Commission signed an agreement that forms the basis for the establishment of the European Union’s network of cybersecurity experts (EU CyberNet).

EU CyberNet was initially set up as a department of RIA. The centre has a budget of four million euros and will coordinate all cybersecurity projects organised by the European Union in third countries. By the end of the project, more than 500 experts and 200 international organisations must be involved in the network.

The purpose of the expert network is to increase the European Union’s contribution to global cybersecurity and to ensure more effective use of exercises, training sessions, and investments outside Europe.

Text: EU CyberNetIn addition, EU CyberNet will be responsible for advising the various entities of the European Commission, enabling experts and organisations to share information and experience, developing cybersecurity training modules, and organising relevant trainings.

​​​​​​Duration of the project: 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2023

Total budget of the project: 3,999,600 euros


EU Cyber for Development Project (Cyber4Dev)

Launched in 2018, Cyber4Dev is the first global European Union project for promoting cybersecurity.

Four countries and partners participate in the project: Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) as the lead partner), Estonia (Information System Authority), the United Kingdom (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office), and the Netherlands (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The overall goal of the project is to support the enhancement of cybersecurity in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean through training and counselling programs.

Three main areas are included within the scope of the project:

  • assistance in the development and implementation of cybersecurity strategies (training and exercises related to the protection of critical infrastructure, raising awareness, risk and crisis management); 
  • enhancing the operational capacity of CSIRTs (training related to organisational structure, management, and work processes);
  • supporting regional and international cooperation.

In 2022, the priority target countries of the project are Sri Lanka, Botswana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Laos, and Cambodia.

A comprehensive approach is taken to the target countries of the project – first, the state of cybersecurity is assessed, shortcomings and training needs are identified, training plans are prepared, and then, various trainings and exercises are conducted and legislative assistance is provided.

Text: Funded by the European Union. CYBER4Dev

In addition to the target countries, the project accepts applications from countries in the project area that need assistance in developing a specific area of cybersecurity, such as developing a cybersecurity strategy, mapping critical infrastructure, planning and conducting a cybersecurity exercise, setting up a CSIRT, etc.

Between 2018 and March 2022, the project organised 235 trainings and several seminars and conferences globally for over 7,005 participants from the target countries. We have supported the participation of over 72 experts from the target countries in international professional forums all over the world.

To date, 51 Estonian experts from Information System Authority (RIA) and other organisations have participated in the Cyber4Dev project by providing training or as advisers.

Duration of the project: 1 January 2018 – 12 June 2023

Total budget of the project: 11,000,000 euros

Project Manager in Estonia: Merili Soosalu, merili.soosalu [at]


Increasing international cooperation among competitive cybersecurity small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Seven countries are involved in the project: France (lead partner), Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia and Estonia.

The objective of the project is to support the international cooperation and competitiveness among cybersecurity small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Project in Estonia

The project will develop entrepreneurship and innovation in cybersecurity in Estonia. To achieve this goal, policy instruments will be developed and national co-operation and international consultations with project partners will be organized. Estonian companies will have the opportunity to establish relationships with partner regions and companies and the State Information System Authority will have a better understanding of how to support innovation nationally.

The aim of the project is to look at the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem, map the existing stakeholders, find the concerns in the ecosystem and systematically tackle them.

Expected outcome of the project:

  • Consultations and analysis (e.g. SWOT analysis) are done for a better cooperation and more competitive international expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Plans and mapping are created for a better collaboration and information sharing within the Estonian cybersecurity ecosystem.
  • Sharing of good practices and recommendations is done on an ongoing basis among project partners.

Funding amount in Estonia: 167,267.25 euros

Text: CYBER Interreg Europe. European Union. European Regional Development Fund​​​​​​

Project duration: 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2023

Project budget: 1,864,242 euros

Funding: Interreg Europe


Last modified: 19.05.2022

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