Adventures in Tallinn & the British Embassy



Let's be honest, most things online about governments are people moaning...

But in this case, this is the absolute opposite. 

I have only been in Tallinn for four months. During this time, at TalTech we have managed to create the first Maritime Cybersecurity exercise, that also got seafarers and security personnel to actually understand not only how to secure genuine maritime IT systems, but also to do a cultural exchange between the two sectors. 


However, we have launched 'ExerciseMercury', a partnership between JISC (the Academic ISP for the UK), in excess of twenty higher education institutions in the UK, and a few Universities in the Baltics, to create a 'Cyber Security Premier League'. A way for us to use our in-house expertise and to test, probe and produce Open Source Intelligence reports on each other's Universities and to share the data, providing a more secure University sector and to share intelligence and understanding between our two areas. In doing this, we will be able to provide a clear understanding of the education sector and to provide valuable input to better assist the security teams that protect one the Baltics and the UK's most important industries - Higher Education.


Both of these would not be possible if it wasn't for the excellent staff Her Majesties Embassies in Tallinn, Vilnius, and Riga. If it wasn't for your excellent support and connections, and in assisting us to provide excellent resources from the MOD and Royal Navy, as well as allowing us connections through your firmly established education network, this wouldn't have been possible.

Thank you for providing such amazing support. The work the Ambassador and her excellent team always goes above and beyond what is expected, and I just wanted to take a second out to say "thank you". Your assistance has made all the difference, and allowed international collaboration to start, and thrive. I have even managed to do a TEDx talk in Tartu, all due to the excellent work of H.M. Embassy here in Tallinn.

As we used to say in the Royal Navy, 'Bravo Zulu'

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