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How should the EU navigate the increasingly complex - and conflict-laden - institutional spaces of global governance to advance a rules-based international order? And what factors should be emphasized when considering which institutions to strengthen, which to reform, and which to by-pass when revitalising multilateralism? NAVIGATOR’s main objective is to answer these questions and deliver a ready-to-use “search mechanism” and associated pathways of action that the EU and its member states can use as it seeks to strengthen a rules-based international order. To achieve this, NAVIGATOR comprises a strong, global and inter-disciplinary team of researchers who explores institutional variation on six policy issues – climate change, digitalisation, finance/tax, health, migration and security – to identify what institutional mixes that enables the EU to have optimal impact in a given policy issue. We explore variation in formality (formal to informal), accessibility (open to closed), and normativity (expressed purpose is technical to openly normative). Drawing on these data and complementing these with content analysis, social network analysis, semi-structured interviews and European and global surveys, NAVIGATOR develops a “search mechanism” that allows the EU and member states to compare strengths and weaknesses of existing multilateral organizations, determine which can be reformed and which are too costly to reform, identify and assess alternatives, and, on this basis, develop action strategies to reform multilateralism. NAVIGATOR will be very relevant to the work programme, as it will assess the effectiveness of multilateral institutions and arrangements; identify the optimal pathways of action of EU support to multilateral, minilateral, private and public-private initiatives to further global governance in a given policy domain, and provide recommendations for EU engagement strategies in the context of the war in Ukraine, threats of nationalism and anti-EU populism.

Funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement No. 101094394. 



The proposed Cyber-security Excellence Hub in Estonia and South Moravia (CHESS) will integrate leading cybersecurity institutions and capitalize on the strengths of both regions to address important Europe-wide challenges. South Moravia is a major ICT industry & education powerhouse of the Czech Republic, with a very focused and coherent smart specialization strategy targeting cybersecurity. Estonia is among the most advanced digital societies globally, with exceptional e-government deployment – which, however, makes it vulnerable to various cyber threats. CHESS will directly follow the strategies and roadmaps of the European Cybersecurity Competence Pilots and build on the experience of CHESS partners involved in all four of these pilots, contributing to safe transition of the EU to full-scale digital society. The CHESS Hub will conduct a thorough needs analysis of the two regions and develop a joint cross-border R&I strategy for cybersecurity. The strategy development will be aided by implementation of pilot R&I projects that will reinforce the cross-regional collaboration, engage regional innovation ecosystems and build evidence for future projects. Gaps in skills and expertise identified in the regions will be removed by training and knowledge transfer. Finally, dedicated task forces will ensure sustainability of CHESS by integration with regional, national, and EU-level strategies and funding programmes. To exploit the project outputs, especially the pilot project results, CHESS will aid with market potential assessment and link researchers and innovators with entrepreneurship training and business consultancy services available in the regions. The strategizing, skills-building and pilot R&I will cover the totality of the cybersecurity field, with special attention to 6 Challenge Areas: Internet of Secure Things; Security Certification; Verification of Trustworthy Software; Blockchain; Post-Quantum Cryptography; and Human-centric Aspects of Cybersecurity.

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Funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement No. 101087529. 

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Associated partner in the CYBERUS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in cybersecurity. 

Coordinated by Université Bretagne Sud (France), in consortium with Université Libre de Belgique (Belgium) and Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg) the CYBERUS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in cybersecurity is a two-year full-time master programme taught fully in English. 

TalTech teaches the compulsory Winter School called “The Cyberlandscape: Cyberthreats and Cyberactors“. The course examines the role of cyberspace as a domain of operations for state and non-state actors. 

  • Period: four years
  • Project staff in TalTech: Adrian Venables, Rain Ottis, Ülle Ainsoo, Kristi Ainen

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OCR is a virtual environment used for cyber security training and cyber technology development. It provides tools to help strengthen the stability, security and performance of cyber infrastructures and IT systems, resulting in secure and reliable products and a well-educated workforce. The main objectives of the project are to create a platform for (new) cyber security companies to develop, test and validate their innovative products, to create a launching platform for new products to come to market, to promote security in the private sector and to train a better workforce.

The project is supported by Entreprise Estonia through Norway Grants ‘Green ICT’ programme. 


Sustainable development of cyber security R&D capability in TalTech Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.

  • Project period: 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2024
  • Project staff in TalTech: Rain Ottis, Hayretdin Bahşi, Olaf Maennel, Anna-Maria Osula, Matthew Sorell, Risto Vaarandi, Adrian Venables, Alejandro Guerra Manzanares, Toomas Lepik, Kaie Maennel, Sten Mäses, Jaan Priisalu, Anu Baum, Kieren Lovell, Martha Jung

The project is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications



Project title: Advancing Human Performance in Cybersecurity, ADVANCES
Grant: Baltic Research Programme, European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2014-2021
Programme operator: the Research Council of Lithuania
Project No: S-BMT-21-6 (LT08-2-LMT-K-01-051)
Project duration: 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2023
Project promoter: Vilnius University (Lithuania)
Project leader: dr. Agnė Brilingaitė (Institute of Computer Science, Cybersecurity Laboratory)
Participants at TalTech: prof. Hayretdin Bahşi, dr. Tiia Sõmer, Anu Baum, prof. Olaf Maennel, dr. Kaie Maennel, Muaan Ur Rehman
Project partnersGeneral Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania (Lithuania), Norwegian University for Technology and Science (Norway), Østfold University College (Norway), Riga Technical University (Latvia), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Liechtenstein, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia)

The world is experiencing a high demand for high-quality cybersecurity specialists due to an increasing number of cyber attacks and their technological advancement. In the Baltic countries, the geopolitical situation sets cybersecurity as a top priority.  All economic sectors depend on the protection against cybercrime. In more than 90% of cyber incidents, humans could be seen both as attack targets and defenders having a broad set of technical and generic competencies. There is an enormous lack of research regarding the role of human factors in cybersecurity internationally. The establishment of an international cross-disciplinary research team will address the urgent need for a scientific understanding of human limitations and capabilities in the cyber kill chain.

    The three Baltic countries and their partners from Norway and Liechtenstein make the team to investigate human behaviour in cybersecurity by combining research areas of computer science, psychology, and human genomics. The project aims to develop a comprehensive, science-based interdisciplinary framework to develop and assess generic and subject-related competences of the current and future cybersecurity workforce. The data will be gathered based on the participants of international cybersecurity exercises. Risk assessment and educational components will be tested in the student environment. Statistical and data mining tools will be used to interpret multilayered data and to find correlations among genetic, behavioural, and technical skills under stressful conditions.

    The project will result in the creation of a set of methodologies and tools that will include specific software components to gather and analyse data, self-report tools to collect factual data on social behavioural patterns, recommendations to consider specific biological marker information, a custom genotyping array, a methodology to develop and assess competencies, and the risk assessment process based on the joint interdisciplinary data.

Main objectives:
The main objective is to advance the performance of the cybersecurity (CS) specialist by identifying possible improvements from three different perspectives: by regarding the human as a biological entity, by analyzing behaviour patterns of the person, and by addressing the necessary knowledge and skills of the cybersecurity specialist.

   The project is based on a hypothesis that it is possible to map cyber competencies required to solve cyber-crime, defend infrastructure, or be resilient to cyber-abuse and then to develop a rational competence improvement path for a CS specialist. When dealing with critical infrastructures or handling life mission-critical support systems, tools that enable the assessment of human traits or inherent risks are non-existent, or research components are not validated scientifically.

   The envisioned results include a) identification of key performance indicators in individual/team level training/exercises to develop an evidence base for a comprehensive assessment of cyber competences, b) development of methods to assess and predict the performance of a human in individual tasks and collaborative decision-making environments in cyberspace, c) development of specific tools to advance the performance of a human in learning to cope with challenges during stressful situations that require technological knowledge.

The Advancing Human Performance in Cybersecurity benefits from nearly €1 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants under the Baltic Research Programme. The aim of the programme is to consolidate research potential of Baltic States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, strengthen regional cooperation in research relevant to the countries of the region, and fill the gap between the national research funding and the European Union Structural Assistance.

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The European and international maritime industries face serious threats from cybercriminals. Shipping companies and ports have begun falling prey to computer viruses, shipping vessels have become vulnerable to GPS jamming and spoofing attacks. Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is part of an Estonian ecosystem of cyber security and maritime actors. Therefore, to unite these capabilities in a focused and integrated manner the ERA Chair in Maritime Cyber Security is formed by an outstanding researcher and research coordinator together with a team of experienced researchers. The established new multidisciplinary Centre for Maritime Cyber Security at TalTech will focus on three research sub-topics: - Marine Communication; - Human Aspects of Cyber Security; and - Cyber Security Aspects of Maritime Technology.

  • Project period: 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2025
  • Coordinators in TalTech: School of Information Technologies and Estonian Maritime Academy
  • Project staff in TalTech: Sanja Bauk (ERA Chair holder), Rain Ottis, Olaf Maennel, Kristel Toom (Maritime Academy), Hayretdin Bahşi, Dan Heering (Maritime Academy), Ric Lugo (Maritime Academy), Stefan Sütterlin, Leonidas Tsiopoulos, Risto Vaarandi, Gabor Visky (Industry PhD student), Alvar Kurrel, Julia Grosschmid (Maritime Academy), Kavé Salamatian (ERA Chair holder 2021 - 2022), Madli Kopti

MariCybERA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952360.

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Discussion groups women in Cyber and research on the matter.

  • Period: 19 October 2020 - 18 October 2024
  • Grant holderInformatics Europe
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  • Project staff in TalTech: Birgy Lorenz, Tiia Sõmer

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While cyber resilience on the organisational and national level is subject to rapid technological progress, there is an urgent need for a scientific understanding of the individual human’s limitations in cybersecurity performance. Project Advancing Cyber Defence by Improved Communication of Recognized Cyber Threat Situations (ACDICOM) develops evidence-based standards to improve human interaction in cybersecurity performance. For an organisation to maintain control in its cyberspace and to make good cyber defence decisions, having an accurate Recognised Cyber Picture (RCP) is crucial. Security Operation Centres work as teams with technical tasks and decision making assigned to different individuals. In this context RCPs need to be shared and communicated across platforms, in differing modalities, and often across organisational boundaries and societal sectors. Where this communication is challenged due to practical, cultural, or simply logistic hindrances, the resulting shared RCP is inaccurate and critical information gets lost due to the decision-makers lack of situational awareness. This project focuses on dyadic communication to establish a shared RCP, develops common standards for information exchange in collaborative settings across sectors, organizational hierarchies, and cultures. Implemented by means of naturalistic settings in Cyber Defence Exercises as well as experimental research, this interdisciplinary collaboration provides a toolbox for the monitoring of communication efficiency and the implementation of findings in existing educational practices. The close collaboration with educational institutions facilitate sustainable behavioural changes needed for the improvement of human factors in cyber defence education. Actors from the private industry and national as well as supranational cyber defence forces are involved in all stages of the project and provide advice to ensure maximal practical applicability of the research questions and products.

ACDICOM is a research project funded by The Research Council of Norway, through the SAMRISK program. 


Safer use of the Internet by children and young people, including prevention, awareness raising and training. Participating in a pan-European secure internet network.

The project is co-financed 50% by the the European Commission Connecting European Facility Programme.

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Establishment of the TalTech Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in cooperation with the IT department. The team will be run by the Cyber Operations Center (SOC), which aims to protect the data of students, university staff and various research groups from cyber attacks. The new units will also give students the opportunity to delve deeply into cyber security issues.

  • Key people in the Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security: Risto Vaarandi, Toomas Lepik

Participation in the team organising the NATO CCDCOE cyber defence exercise Locked Shields (white team and sub-teams leadership).

  • Key people in TalTech: Rain Ottis (head of White Team), Martha Jung, Toomas Lepik, Kaie Maennel, Olaf Maennel, Sten Mäses, Erwin Orye, Tiia Sõmer, Adrian Venables

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CYDIPLO will explore the emerging field of cyberdiplomacy, in the EU and with key strategic partners. Drawing on perspectives from computer science, political science, law, and behavioural science, it explores a variety of questions, including, how is cyberdiplomacy implemented at the state, non-state, regional and global levels across key issue areas? What are the major challenges and the core diplomatic instruments applied to tackle them? Does cyberdiplomacy require new tools and mechanisms?

The Project was funded by Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action: Jean Monnet Activities.

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This project focuses on human performance improvement. Human error is the leading cause of data and security breaches. It has been proven in many cyber crises that the strength of the cyber resiliency capability is highly related to the resiliency of a human at play and coordinated actions of relevant actors. Cybersecurity strategies of the three Baltic countries unanimously emphasize the lack of cybersecurity specialists and the need to fill this gap by strengthening knowledge exchange and education programs. A coherent interdisciplinary approach that encompasses technology and human aspects is crucial to create new innovative training methods and environments in order to overcome the rising security problems. This project aims to establish a new interdisciplinary collaborative network among leading Baltic, Liechtenstein, and Norwegian research institutions. The project will result in the creation of a set of methodologies and tools that will include specific software components to gather and analyse data, self-report tools to collect factual data on social behavioural patterns, recommendations to consider specific biological marker information, a custom genotyping array, a methodology to develop and assess competencies, and the risk assessment process based on the joint interdisciplinary data.

The project was funded by European Union Erasmus+ programme.

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The Cyber Aware Students for Public Administration (CASPA) project aims to develop and maintain innovative courses in the field of cybersecurity, specially designed for university students who will work in public administrations as end users or as user having special role in cybersecurity. Recognizing the needs of the public sector, our aim is dual.

First, we aim to educate our non-technical students, who will serve in the public service in their home countries, on the basics of cybersecurity, their roles and responsibilities, including the legislative, policy and technical aspects.

Second, we aim to develop cybersecurity competences of those in public service, who will represent their countries abroad, engage in cyber diplomacy and everyone who needs to work in the field of international relations and must understand this new phenomenon.

The project was funded by Erasmus+ Programme Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.


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The aim of this project is to support the increased use of electricity generated locally from renewable energy sources. We intend to demonstrate how the implementation of closed distribution systems (CDS) inside electrical microgrids, formed by digital low voltage substations with energy storage systems, enables to reduce requirements for electricity supply through management of electricity consumption and decrease carbon-intensive electricity production by simplifying the uptake of renewable energy. Another aim of the project is to proof the concept of complementing standardized (or minimally customized) electricity distribution hardware with an overlaying software platform, which enables the implementation of software applications, to provide functionality within the microgrid. Interdisciplinary research is carried out in the scope of this project, which targets electric power quality in urban electricity distribution networks, energy markets and policies with a focus on CDSs and cyber-security in cyber-physical systems. As a result of this project, two operational pilot sites are created with the aim to proof the concept of using a software platform and different applications to provide functionality inside microgrids. The pilot site at Lääne-Harju Parish enables to demonstrate the developed concept in an operational industry distribution grid to reduce requirements for electricity supply through the management of electricity consumption and increased use of electricity generated locally. The pilot site at the city of Tartu allows to demonstrate the developed concept in an operational urban distribution grid to increase the usage rate of electricity distribution grids to enable the provision of novel public services.

The pilot project was 100% financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.


The project will create a cyber game on a web-based platform, linking learning and training materials, including web-based courses, to create and develop users' knowledge of cybersecurity, making online services and the IT world more secure on a daily basis, which has become particularly relevant in the COVID-19 pandemic, as major part of learning and working takes place from home using insecure networks and devices. 

The project was funded by European Union Erasmus+ programme, KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.

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ECHO delivers an organized and coordinated approach to improve proactive cyber defence of the European Union, through effective and efficient multi-sector collaboration. The Partners will execute on a 48-month work plan to develop, model and demonstrate a network of cyber research and competence centres, with a central competence at the hub. The Central Competence Hub serves as the focal point for the ECHO Multi-sector Assessment Framework enabling multi-sector dependencies management, provision of an ECHO Early Warning System, an ECHO Federation of Cyber Ranges and management of an expanding collection of Partner Engagements. The ECHO Multi-sector Assessment Framework refers to the analysis of challenges and opportunities derived from sector specific use cases, transversal cybersecurity needs analysis and development of inter-sector Technology Roadmaps involving horizontal cybersecurity disciplines. The Early Warning System, Federation of Cyber Ranges and Inter-sector Technology Roadmaps will then be subject of Demonstration Cases incorporating relevant involvement of inter-dependent industrial sectors. The ECHO Cyber-skills Framework provides the foundation for development of cybersecurity education and training programmes including a common definition of transversal and inter-sector skills and qualifications needed by cybersecurity practitioners. The ECHO Cybersecurity Certification Scheme provides a sector specific and inter-sector process for cybersecurity certification testing of new technologies and products resulting from the proposed technology roadmaps. The project will develop and operate under an ECHO Governance Model, by which the efforts across the EU Network of Cybersecurity Competence Centres can be coordinated and optimized to provide lasting and sustainable excellence in cybersecurity skills development; research and experimentation; technology roadmaps delivery; and certified security products for improved cybersecurity resilience.

  • Period: 1 January 2019 - 28 February 2023
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  • Project staff in TalTech: Olaf Manuel Maennel, Andrew James Roberts, Sten Mäses, Kristine Hovhannisyan, Tiia Sõmer, Anu Baum, Hayretdin Bahşi, Kaie Maennel, Alejandro Guerra Manzanares, Stefan Sütterlin, Kristi Ainen

The project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement no 830943.

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  • Maennel, Kaie (2020). Learning analytics perspective: evidencing learning from digital datasets in cybersecurity exercises. Proceedings 5th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops EUROS&PW 2020 : 7-11 September 2020, VIrtual Event. Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE, 27−36. DOI: 10.1109/EuroSPW51379.2020.00013.
  • K. Hovhannisyan, P. Bogacki, C. A. Colabuono, D. Lofù, M. V. Marabello and B. Eugene Maxwell, "Towards a Healthcare Cybersecurity Certification Scheme," 2021 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA), 2021, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1109/CyberSA52016.2021.9478255
  • Mäses, Sten; Maennel, Kaie; Toussaint, Mascia; Rosa, Veronica (2021). Success Factors for Designing a Cybersecurity Exercise on the Example of Incident Response. Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW): 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW), September 7, 2021, all digital (instead of Vienna, Austria). IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services, 259−268. DOI: 10.1109/EuroSPW54576.2021.00033.
  • Roberts, Andrew; Snetkov, Nikita; Maennel, Olaf; (2021). Cybersecurity test range for autonomous vehicle shuttles. Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, September 7, 2021 (EuroS&PW). IEEE, 239−249. DOI: 10.1109/EuroSPW54576.2021.00031
  • Seyed Mohammad Hadi, M.; Hayretdin, B.; Wissem, I. (2022). Deep Learning-based Detection of Cyberattacks in Software-Defined Networks. 13th EAI International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime November 16-18, 2022 Boston, United States. EAI ICDF2C 2022
  • Guerra Manzanares, Alejandro; Bahsi, Hayretdin (2022). On the application of active learning to handle data evolution in Android malware detection. 13th EAI International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime 2022 taking place November 16-18, 2022 Boston, United States. EAI ICDF2C 2022
  • Mäses, Sten; Maennel, Kaie; Brilingaitė, Agnė (2022). Trends and challenges for balanced scoring in cybersecurity exercises: A case study on the example of Locked Shields. Frontiers in Education, 7, Art. no. 958405. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2022.958405.

Activities: CyberSpike competition, participation in the international competition European Cyber Security Challenge, CyberCracker.

  • Period: 2017 - 2022
  • Key people: Birgy Lorenz

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Consultancy on cybersecurity exercises and training for Japanese company Armoris Co., LTD. 

  • Period: 2020 - 2022
  • Project staff in TalTech: Rain Ottis, Kieren Lovell, Adrian Venables, Jaan Priisalu, Kaie Maennel, Sten Mäses


Smart-ID is the most popular tool for using electronic services in the Baltic States. However, the downside of popularity is the growing interest of cyber criminals in persuading Smart-ID users to engage in activities that are clearly not recommended to them. SK ID Solutions and Taltech will work together to explore opportunities to stop attackers, while preserving people's privacy as well as their free right to make any decisions they are confident in.

  • Period: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021
  • Coordinator: SK ID Solutions AS
  • Project staff in TalTech: Rain Ottis, Risto Vaarandi, Ahto Buldas, Olaf Maennel, Hayretdin Bahşi, Tiia Sõmer, Toomas Lepik, Jaan Priisalu, Andrew Roberts, Kieren Lovell

The project was supported by Smart specialisation programme - NUTIKAS



The central mission of this project is to establish a secure, unambiguous and unified exchange of data in all communication networks where metrological data is used. The SmartCom project will develop, provide and distribute a formal framework for the transmission of metrology data on the basis of the SI (International System of Units). The framework will be applicable to all metrology domains. Furthermore, a worldwide-applicable concept for the use of digital calibration certificates (DCC) will be made available for the first time. The development of demonstrators in two industrial domains will also prove the benefit and innovation potential of the project’s outputs for industry.

A Joint Research Project within the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).

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Growing the R&D capability of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Management in Estonia. Corresponding research groups will be developed on the basis of TalTech Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.

  • Period: May 2018 - January 2021
  • Project staff in TalTech: Rain Ottis, Mika Kerttunen, Andro Kull, Olaf Maennel, Anna-Maria Osula, Matthew Sorell, Eneken Tikk, Risto Vaarandi, Adrian Venables, Alejandro Guerra Manzanares, Pavel Laptev, Toomas Lepik, Jaan Priisalu, Tiia Sõmer, Pavel Tšikul, Anu Baum, Kieren Lovell, Martha Jung

The project was supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. 


The project creates the theoretical underpinnings for a transnational and comprehensive situational awareness (SA) capability for coordinating national defense. We analyse the relevant governmental institutions through their statutes and the interviews with their employees. We describe both the as-is and to-be situations, generalizing the management structure and information flows of the institutions. We propose the system architecture and technical architecture for a SA information system. We analyse the cross-dependencies of vital services, place them into a suitable model and find how the degradation of one service affects others. We extend an existing simulation-based crisis decision support system with algorithms for describing these dependencies and estimate the probability of the realization of risks. We demonstrate that previous crisis scenarios can be derived from the description of services and their dependencies.

  • Period: 1 September 2018 - 30 November 2020
  • Coordinator: Cybernetica AS
  • Partners: Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, Tartu Ülikool
  • Project staff in TalTech: Leo Mõtus, Kuldar Taveter, Jaan Priisalu 

The project was supported by Estonian Research Council RITA1 programme.

The goal of the project is to carry out applied research in the field of cyber hygiene, with a particular aim to analyse the theoretical background, risk evaluation concept and other critical technical and cyber security-related aspects of a Cyber Hygiene e-Learning and Risk Mitigation Platform offered by CybExer Technologies Ltd.

  • Period: 1 June 2017 - 31 December 2019
  • Project staff in TalTech: Sten Mäses, Kaie Maennel, Olaf Maennel

The project was supported by applied research in smart specialisation growth areas: NUTIKAS programme.


The textbook has been supported by: Ministry of Education and Research. The Gymnasium book and exercises was created by the Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association, TalTech, Estonian Society of Informatics Teachers and Kehtna Vocational Education Centre.

  • Period:  September 2018 - August 2019
  • Project staff in TalTech: Birgy Lorenz (concept), Tiia Sõmer, Toomas Lepik, Sten Mäses

Collaborative research on national cyber security exercises.

  • Period: 15 May 2017 - 14 May 2019
  • Project staff in TalTech: Rain Ottis, Risto Vaarandi, Kaie Maennel, Sten Mäses, Jaan Priisalu, Tiia Sõmer

The project was supported National Security Research Institute of South Korea. 


Guardtime aims to develop the digital signature scheme BLT. This research will study the security model and proofs, optimize and test the realization algorithms and elaborate technical specifications of the solution.

  • Period: 04/2017 - 04/2019
  • Coordinator: Guardtime
  • Project staff in TalTech: Ahto Buldas, Ahto Truu, Risto Laanoja, Olaf Maennel

The project was supported by applied research in smart specialisation growth areas: NUTIKAS programme.


Risk analysis of the TalTech Iseauto (self-driving car) project.

  • Period: 2018
  • Key people at the Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security: Andro Kull  

Estonian ID-card case study (2017).

  • Client: Information System Authority (RIA)
  • TalTech research team: Ahto Buldas, Martha Jung, Kaja Kuivjõgi, Liisa Tallinn, Anna-Maria Osula, Rain Ottis, Jaan Priisalu, Toomas Vaks

We have witnessed the creation of several national centres of excellence (CoEs) in the area of cybercrime all over Europe. Although some of the CoEs’ have made significant achievements, which have been praised in public media as well as within the scientific community, most of the centres have been operating largely in isolation from each other, pursuing different goals, and this has frequently resulted in duplication of effort. To overcome this fragmentation of resources, SENTER pulled the national centres of excellence together and created a network of the centres of excellence in the area of cybercrime research, training, and education. Having (i) a close relationship with the national law enforcement agencies, (ii) vast experience in developing training courses related to cybersecurity and cybercrime, and (iii) access to high quality R&D infrastructures, the network is in the best position to provide new training methods/techniques and expertise. The key objectives of SENTER are: to create a single point of reference for the European Commission in the area of cybercrime; to provide a sustainable international cross-organisational partnership by establishing an international collaboration model; to establish interest groups, which will optimise the efforts of existing national centres and avoid fragmentation and duplication of work; to create a community of the national centres in the area of cybercrime research training and education, a community that will set its objectives, its common activities, its common goals; to facilitate the transfer and adoption of best practices from leading countries to other countries in order to minimise the competence gaps; to increase awareness at an international level of the newest scientific and educational achievements in the selected domains (computer forensics, network forensics, mobile forensics, etc) and to speed up the process of scientific achievement productisation and time-to end-user usage; to establish a collection of best practices and lessons learned from all CoE projects that can be reused in future CoE national and international projects, and introduce better value/costs of new centre establishment; to define and pilot a business model that could be used in resource-limited member states and EU regions; to pilot the joint development of training programs and common international trainer groups for the selected competence areas; to establish cross continental/regional (USA, Latin, Asia, Africa, Australia) partnerships with other networks of similar nature; to create a long term partnership and collaboration model with related EU agencies. 

  • Period: 2016 - 2017
  • Coordinator: Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), Lithuania
  • Project staff at TalTech: Toomas Lepik, Anu Baum

The project was funded by European Union.


The aim of the project is to reconstruct the spread and development of cyber crime in non-information and communications technology (non-ICT) sectors from the perspective of its economic impact on the key fabrics (i.e., economic and social) and different levels of European society, while also identifying and developing concrete inter-sector and intra-sector measures to manage and deter cyber crime.

  • Period: 2014−2017
  • Project staff in TalTech: Tiia Sõmer, Sten Mäses, Rain Ottis, Toomas Lepik, Anu Baum

The project was funded by European Commission FP7. 


  • Period: 9/2017 - 12/2017
  • Commissioned by: Ministry of Defence
  • Key experts: Jaan Priisalu, Uko Valtenberg, Rain Ottis, Luc Dandurand (Guardtime)

  • Period: 2017
  • Commissioned by: Ministry of Defence
  • Key experts: Tiia Sõmer, Rain Ottis

Background information, assessment of IT risks, cyber security planning, proposals for cyber security management, training and overview of implemented controls.

  • Period: 2016 - 2017
  • Key people: Andro Kull, Rain Ottis, Sten Mäses, Risto Vaarandi, Jaan Priisalu, Anu Baum, Hayretdin Bahşi, Olaf Maennel
  • Partners: European Spallation Source (ESS), international (located in Lund, Sweden)


  • Period: 2015 - 2017
  • Commissioned by: Ministry of Defence 
  • Key people: Jaan Priisalu, Uko Valtenberg

In collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and BHC Laboratory.

  • Period: 2015 - 2016
  • Key people: Sten Mäses, Rain Ottis, Andro Kull

A centre of digital forensics established in Tallinn University of Technology is based on the activities of 2Centre Estonia project. The centre will coordinate the R&D activities and education programme in the field. The centre belongs to the European network of 2Centres. A master level study programme and training modules are developed during the project.

  • Period: 2012-2014
  • Project staff: Anu Baum, Toomas Lepik, Rain Ottis

The project was funded by European Union.