Finland to join Cyber Defence Centre

News by Tony Morbin

Finland's Defence Minister Carl Haglund has confirmed that Finland aims to become a Contributing Partner to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallin, capital of neighbour Estonia, with Finnish experts due to be working there from next year.

Colonel Artur Suzik, the Director of the Centre welcomed the move saying “We have worked very closely with Finnish Defence Forces in previous years and they are one of our key partners in organising the technical cyber defence exercise Locked Shields.” Full membership is only open to NATO nations, but other countries can join as Contributing Participants, enabling them to work with the Centre as part of the larger cyber defence community in NATO.

An Austrian expert began working at the Centre this month, ahead of the expected early 2014 signing of an official agreement between the members (sponsoring nations) and Austria. Current sponsoring nations are Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the USA. Joining procedures are ongoing with Turkey, France, United Kingdom, Greece and the Czech Republic, plus Iceland has announced its intention to join the Centre in the future.

CCDCOE is currently offering two intern positions for the first quarter of 2014, one in digital forensics and another in malware and exploitation essentials.

The target audience for the digital forensics person is forensics analysts, forensic science students or students in related fields specialising in IT security; for the malware and exploitation post the profile is malware analysts, re-engineers or master students in related fields specialising in IT security or similar. Internships of one to three months are only open to nationals of NATO member states who are enrolled in a graduate school degree programme.

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