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From July, Gert Auväärt will become the director of the Cyber Security Branch of the Information System Authority

Gert Auväärt. Photo: RIA

On 15 July, Gert Auväärt, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Estonia to the UN, will become the director of the Cyber Security Branch.

The Information System Authority (RIA) conducted a public competition to find a new director of the branch in February and March this year. Lauri Aasmann, the current director of the Cyber Security Branch, will continue as an advisor to the Director General.

Auväärt has long-term international experience and sees the role of cyber security and RIA as follows, ‘Our ambition must be for Estonia to remain among the top 5 countries in the world to which allies turn with issues related to cyber security. The rise in the number of people who are teleworking due to the coronavirus has taken cyber security to the individual level even further. RIA must be a clear and vocal spokesperson here, helping to raise awareness and prevent dangers. In addition, state agencies must act as partners for the citizens. The Tax and Customs Board and the Police and Border Guard Board have gained a great deal of trust from people in recent years, as they have clearly turned their focus on the citizens. The management of the agency must be available to people quickly and react proactively to reach everyone. RIA can follow similar best practices here,’ explained the new director of the branch.

‘What will make Gert a good director is his previous work experience in RIA. In addition, he has a lot of experience in international and diplomatic work, as well as the will to do something important for the country. In making the decision, we also took into account that the new director would continue to follow the direction started by Lauri,’ said Margus Noormaa, Director General of RIA.

Gert Auväärt holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Helsinki and has broadened his knowledge in the field of cyber security at the Marshall Centre and the European Security and Defence College. Since 2004, he has held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most of the time as a representative abroad – in the Netherlands and the USA. In 2008–2011, he was a legal and economic adviser in The Hague; in 2013–2016, he was a legal adviser at the Estonian Permanent Mission to the United Nations; and in 2016–2017, he was a cyber coordinator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2017 to 2018, he was the Head of International Relations at RIA. In August 2018, he became the Deputy Head of the Estonian Permanent Mission to the UN, where his task was to bring Estonia’s first candidacy to the UN Security Council to a successful conclusion.

Until the new director takes office in July, Director General of RIA Margus Noormaa will perform the duties of the director of the branch.

Helen Uldrich
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