The Estonian based security software company Guardtime was awarded a contract by the Estonian Ministry of Defence and NATO, to design a next generation system, including a blockchain, to modernize the NATO Cyber Range defensive platform.
While the Estonian cyber range is located in the Estonian Staff and Signal Battalion facilities and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the cyber range capability can be securely accessed remotely all around the world.
According to Estonian Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso “ “The cyber field has clearly become Estonia’s niche capability and internationally recognized advantage. The decision by NATO to invest into the development of cyber range capability is yet another sign of trust and Estonia’s high level of cyber defence.”
The new range design will considerably enhance NATO’s cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence, test, rehearsal, and mission refinement capabilities and promote effective cooperation and collaboration of state of the art tools, techniques, and procedures to provide NATO range users with a credible capability and options for blue and red team planning activities.
As Martin Ruubel, President of Guardtime Estonia stated, “ We will provide a state of the art flexible, operationally relevant and representative environment design that enables integrated simulation and training and collaboration for a wide variety of blue and red team cyber mission exercise areas, enabling NATO cyber range users the ability to securely collaborate and refine their tools and tactics.”
In March 2016 Guardtime became known as a blockchain provider when it partnered with the Estonian e-Health authority, an agreement that originated in 2011. “Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has repeatedly pointed out the biggest threat in cyberspace is integrity, and in particular the integrity of patient healthcare records,” explained Mike Gault, CEO of Guardtime.