Change of Commands at CR14

CR14 is entering a new chapter with a change of commands. Siim Alatalu, a force behind the organisation's strategic progress, has passed the leadership torch to Silver Andre. This change marks a new direction for CR14, bringing fresh ideas and strategies to the forefront of cyber defence.

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Tiina Uudeberg, Deputy Chancellor of the Ministry of Defense, reflected on the organisation’s progress. “Under Siim’s direction, CR14 has seen notable growth and development. His time as leader was dedicated to laying a strong foundation and effectively raising the organisation’s profile. Despite the challenges, it has been a fruitful era marked by dedication and substantial achievements. A key highlight of his tenure is recruiting nearly 30 new experts into national defence roles, greatly strengthening our cyber training and defence capabilities,” she remarked.

In addition to significant infrastructure upgrades, Uudeberg also highlighted CR14’s achievements in infrastructure enhancement and its growing presence in digital platforms, cybersecurity events, and international circles - CR14 has supported NATO, CCDCOE and the UK’s largest cyber defence exercises. “In 2022, CR14 submitted three applications for European Union funding, which were 100% successful and boosted national defence by almost 2 million euros. In 2023, preliminary work has been done so that in 2024, CR14 will be in the leading role of the international consortium in implementing an artificial intelligence project worth over 30 million. A space cyber training ground will be created as a new capability in CR14,” added Uudeberg.

The new CEO, Silver Andre, brings extensive experience from his service in the Defense Forces and Cyber Command. His background includes significant international experience and has also worked in the private sector, focusing on cyber development. His primary goal at CR14 will be to fully leverage the existing and forthcoming capabilities, enhancing the organisation’s visibility, innovation, and global impact.

As a foundation of the Ministry of Defense, CR14 is responsible for developing and managing cyber ranges. It supports alliance members and the Estonian public and private sectors. CR14’s role extends to international military cooperation, particularly in dual-use technologies, and contributes to Estonia’s defence cyber policy.

Furthermore, CR14 is active in promoting international cooperation in cyber training, offering cybersecurity training and services, encouraging cyber innovation, and increasing cyber security awareness among diverse organisations, including business, educational, and research institutions. It also supports the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE).

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CR14 helps to safeguard the seven seas

Maritime technology has been developing rapidly for some time now, with 80% of world trade transported by sea today. While we enjoy the fruits of that development, we must remember to fortify our defences to ensure they remain untainted. That is why we proudly announce that CR14 has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Tallinn University of Technology to jointly focus and collaborate on maritime cybersecurity R&D.

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