#cyberrangers meeting the King of Sweden

We were extremely proud to welcome His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during his official state visit to Estonia. It was an exceptional opportunity to represent and showcase Estonia’s digital, cyber defence and cyber security capabilities and strengthen Estonian-Sweden relations.

Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT och Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The King’s visit was a momentous occasion for us. During his visit, we demonstrated Estonian, NATO and Open Cyber Ranges, including the 5G cyber village, dynamic maritime simulators, and the power grid wall built for Locked Shields, the world’s largest cyber exercise. Standing next to the Locked Shields wall, we proudly mentioned the recent triumph of a Sweden-Iceland joint team in this year’s exercise. The King showed great interest and was thrilled to hear of this accomplishment.

In addition to showcasing our capabilities, we had the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with Defense Minister Pål Jonson, Foreign Minister Tobias Billström, and the Swedish business delegation. CR14’s CEO Siim Alatalu said, “It was inspiring to explore joint ventures and partnership opportunities and further strengthen the already strong Estonia-Sweden relationships in cyber defence. Collaboration is the key to successful cyber defence, and we look forward to working with Sweden and other partners to ensure that we remain at the forefront of this vital field.”

The King’s keen interest in the technical aspects of our Cyber Ranges was particularly inspiring. He asked probing questions and wanted to know the intricacies of how our systems worked. This was a testament to his dedication to defence and his commitment to advancing the field of cyber defence.

We extend our deepest gratitude to His Majesty for his visit. We are honoured to have had the chance to represent and showcase Estonia’s digital, cyber defence and cyber security capabilities. The visit clearly indicated the growing importance of cyber defence for both Estonia and Sweden, and our unyielding dedication to advancing cyber defence and fostering Estonia-Sweden relationships remains steadfast.

As Siim Alatalu put it, “Our resolve to combat cyber threats remains strong, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our capabilities keep pace with the ever-evolving nature of cyber threats. We are proud to have had the opportunity to showcase our capabilities to such an esteemed group, and we remain committed to advancing cyber defence and fostering Estonia-Sweden relationships.”

Moreover, it is important to note that the Open Cyber Range is available for Sweden to participate in, even before they are accepted to join NATO. The Open Cyber Range is part of CR14’s Multiverse of Cyber Range, including the NATO Cyber Range. The Multiverse of Cyber Range aims to bring together various cyber ranges worldwide and enable training and collaboration in a virtual environment. This opens up a great opportunity for Sweden to train its cyber defence capabilities and work with Estonia and NATO to enhance global cyber defence.


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