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Estonia to incorporate offensive capabilities into its future cyber command

01 December 2017

Estonia’s military is preparing to launch its own cyber command with a remit including cyber offensive response to an adversary’s offensive attacks, said Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources. Its new command will mirror those in a handful of other NATO countries, and reflects a growing shift in allied thinking that cyber defences alone are not enough to confront aggression in the domain.

“We are going to create our own full spectrum cyber command, from defence to offence,” Erki Kodar, who co-ordinates cyber policy at Estonia’s MoD, told reporters in Tallinn on 29 November. “And we are not restricting ourselves only to operations against a cyber target, but against our enemies in a kinetic sense as well.”

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