Sven Sakkov appointed director of the NATO CCDCE

Colonel Artur Suzik of the Estonian Defence forces will hand over command of the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCE) this Thursday, 27th August, to Sven Sakkov. 

Sakkov has been an undersecretary for defence policy in the Estonian Ministry of Defence since 2008, coordinating policy planning, international cooperation and work with NATO and EU. He has previously served as defence counsellor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington and director of the Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Defence. Sakkov has also worked at the Estonian Delegation to NATO and the Office of the President of the Republic.

Colonel Artur Suzik had been director of the CCDCE since 2012, having previously been commander of the Signal Battalion, chief of the Planning Section of the Communication and Information Systems Department and chief of J6 at the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces.

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub focused on interdisciplinary applied research and development as cyber-security consultation, training and exercises. The Centre's mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing between NATO, Allies and Partners in cyber-defence.