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Estonia President, Obama Discuss Cybersecurity

Thanks U.S. for Cyber Defense Center
Estonia President, Obama Discuss Cybersecurity
Presidents Obama and Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia discussed cybersecurity at a White House meeting between the two heads of state on Tuesday. White House National Security Advisor James Jones joined the two presidents in the meeting.

Ilves thanked the United States for its assistance in establishing the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, according to a statement issued by Ilves office.

"Cyber attacks, as those launched against Estonia two years ago, were a wake-up call, which demonstrated the importance of cybersecurity for many countries," Ilves said. "Cyber attacks are cross-border by nature and, therefore, demand an international counter-attack."

The so-called Estonian Cyberwar involved a series of virtual attacks beginning April 2008 that swamped websites of Estonian organizations, including its parliament, banks, ministries, newspapers and broadcasters. The attacks occurred during a confrontation with Russia about the relocation of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn, an elaborate Soviet-era grave marker, as well as war graves in Tallinn, according to published reports.

The Cooperative Cyber Defense Center says its mission is to enhance the cooperative cyber defense capability of NATO and NATO nations, thus improving the alliance's interoperability in the field of cooperative cyber defense. A statement on its website says its vision is to be a primary source of subject matter expertise for NATO in cooperative cyber defense related matters.

The center in Tallinn is situated on the premises of the Estonian Signals Battalion, and the building itself was constructed by the czarist military in 1905 as a barracks. It has been completely renovated, and blends cutting-edge technological solutions within its historic walls. While it has hosted many different military institutions over the years, all of them have shared a common bond in the domain of communications, according to the Center.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

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Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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