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Today, the National Defence Committee heard about the activities of the Cyber Command which was launched in the field of administration of the Ministry of Defence in August.

The Chairman of the Committee Hannes Hanso said that creating a Cyber Command as part of the ten-year Defence Forces Development Plan was very important for improving the functionality of our national defence. “We can say that this means creating an asymmetrical capability, if you like, where the preparation of cyber warfare capabilities are being added to the traditional cyber defence functions,” Hanso said.

Hanso described Estonia’s ambitiousness in the cyber field as very high. He thought that updating the relevant legislation might become necessary in the long run. Hanso said that the innovative feature of the Cyber Command is the broad involvement of conscripts.  

Member of the Committee Johannes Kert recommended clearly defining the cyber defence leadership under the state of war or the state of emergency. In addition, Kert suggested that it might be a good idea to open the cyber warfare field to people whose medical condition does not fulfil the requirements set for infantry personnel, for example. This would make it accessible to people with certain disabilities who would like to take part in broad-based national defence.

The main task of the Cyber Command is to carry out operations in the cyber space to organise leadership support in the field of administration of the Ministry of Defence, support the tasks of the Defence Forces, and protect cyber space. The Committee heard about the activities of the Cyber Command from its Commander, Colonel Andres Hairk.

Riigikogu Press Service

Epp-Mare Kukemelk

+372 631 6356, +372 515 3903

epp-mare.kukemelk@riigikogu.ee 

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