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Cyber Security in e-Governance

The program has a focus on e-Governance and Cyber Security lectures from practitioners working in public and private sector. During the program participants will learn how the ecosystem of e-services was built in Estonia so that there are only two things left that a local citizen cannot do online: getting married and getting divorced. The lecturers will explain how e-Estonia was the target of first nation-wide cyber-attack in 2007, how surviving this has transformed e-Estonia into strong cyber-security nation and what is being done daily to mitigate the attacks before and after they might happen.

From the start-up and e-service creation side, the program will cover the topics of design process, business model validation and will approach lecturers from successful CyberTech companies.


We kick off the summer school with a fun and active socialising event. Depending on the weather, outdoor activities will be organized (so pack a comfy and warm sweatsuit). Other fun and socializing events for different preferences will also take place.

During the first part of the week, participants will learn about legal aspects of e-governance and the requirements for electronic identity, authentication, document exchange and interoperability.

In the middle of the week, one day (8 hour long) hands-on cyber exercises will be organized with mentors and experts for improving practical skills and understanding about the cybersecurity domain.

In the second part of the week, experts will explain how the e-Estonian ecosystem works and how critical information infrastructure is protected in the public sector. Finally, participants will be gathered with first hand experience with cyber incidents and offensive security.

As the program has a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship, there is no need to have specific technical background to join our Summer School.

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The program has practitioners from the e-Governance Academy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Information System Authority, and NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE). The program also holds experts from private sector who will share their practical knowledge in different fields, from building up information security management to red teaming operations. The participants will be taught by experts from Clarified Security, the manager of Red Ream entertaining Blue Teams at international live-fire exercise Locked Shields, and Estonian unicorn Wise: Money without borders.

  • Linnar Viik is IT visionary who has been orchestrating the digitalisation of Estonia since 1995, being instrumental in Tiger Leap, e-Governance and e-Voting but similarly active as founder and driver for series of successful IT companies. Linnar is talented in nurturing ideas into reality, making him demanded advisor on early phases of innovation in various intersections of digital solutions with diferent sectors of economy and society.  He is currently Chariman of EIT Digital, largest digital innovation ecosystem in Europe, lector on innovation management in different universities and was recently appointed as member of Digital Council to President of Estonia.
  • Sille Arikas spent most of past decade working on the defensive side - responding to cyber incidents at the national CERT team and preventing online fraudsters stealing corporate and customers’ money in private sector. After a decade of sleepless nights at the defenders side, she joined an Estonian company Clarified Security that is focused on the offensive side of security. In her daily job she is responsible for everything related to cyber exercises (including managing the Red Team at world’s largest cyber exercise Locked Shields), quality assurance, and everything related to incident response. She holds an MSc degree in Cybersecurity and is now investigating supply chain attacks for her PhD. She is also a guest lecturer at Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Security Association
  • Kristo Vaher is working as a chief of technology for Estonian government and he spearheads the long term architecture and technology vision with his team. He has worked as a senior engineer, tech team lead, consultant and technology architect in the fields of banking, government and internet media, creating multiple applications and designing numerous information systems for business and private use for almost twenty years. He is most known for being an outside-the-box-thinking evangelist for API centric development and Domain Driven Design. He is a strong believer in Agile methodologies and he also consults developers and start-ups.
  • Silvia Lips, LL.M (law, Cum Laude), MSc (e-governance and technologies, Cum Laude) is current PhD student and early-stage researcher in the Information Systems Group in the Department of Software Science, TalTech. She also holds an EU level expert position as an eIDAS SPOC at the Estonian Information System Authority. Her main area of research is electronic identity (eID), different authentication solutions and their cross-border applicability. Previously, she was working more than ten years in the internal security sector and five years from her career, she was responsible for Estonian ID-card and travel documents production and procurement at the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. She believes that lifelong learning ensures continuous development of a person and she is always open for new challenges to test her limits.
  • Teona Gelashvili, MSc (eGovernance Technologies and Services, Cum Laude), is currently PhD student and early-stage researcher in the Next-Gen Digital State (NGDS) research group in the Department of Software Science, TALTECH. She has been previously working in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Georgia. Teona’s research interests are acceptance and trust in technology. Her current research focuses on the readiness of citizens to adopt virtual-assistant-enabled government services. She believes that her work challenges her limits and, more importantly, contributes to building a better world.
  • Eric Jackson holds a BA in Political Science and MSc in Engineering with a focus on eGovernance Technologies and Services (Cum Laude). Eric is also a former Fulbright Fellow (15-16') and an eGovernance Academy alum. Currently, he is a PhD researcher at TalTech's Next Generation Digital State research group, with a focus on cross-border interoperability and data exchange. 
  • Grete Toompere joined CCDCOE in September 2021 as an international law researcher in the Law Branch. She is responsible for education and training in cyber law matters and involved with cyber exercises. Her main research areas of interest are information operations and hybrid warfare. Her prior professional experience has mainly focused on public sector service, including working for the Estonian Defence Forces Cyber Command and the National Defence Committee of the Parliament of Estonia. Grete Toompere has graduated from University of Tartu, Faculty of Law
  • Oskar Poola is the CEO of a digital identity technology company called Lever ID. Lever ID has developed the next generation of digital identity bringing the same level of security to a users mobile device as Estonian’s have in their ID-card. Oskar has worked in several development houses and projects that are related to e-government services development in Estonia. Oskar has completed E-gov Master’s program and completed his thesis about Digital Object Integrity that utilizes cryptographic primitives.  In my free time I play discgolf and ride my motorcycle into the sunset.


Accommodation can be provided by the TalTech campus located close to the Summer School: https://www.academichostel.com/en/. By submitting the promocode 'eitdigital' the price for the twin-room is reduced to 32 EUR per night.


This is a 1-week long Summer School programme. The tuition fee is 850 EUR. 2 ECTS (credits) are awarded by Tallinn University of Technology for this programme. EIT Digital will issue a Certificate of Attendance.

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