“Raytheon has developed a very strong portfolio of national-scale cyber defense solutions that complement the investments and innovations made by Estonia in securing the cyber domain for its people,” Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services segment, said in a statement. “This collaboration will explore important new solutions within the critical domain of national cyber security.”
The collaboration was agreed to during the recent visit to Washington, D.C., by Mikk Marran, the permanent secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense.
Estonia’s government in 2007 was the victim of a cyber attack that lasted several weeks, shutting down websites and blocking users.
“Strong defense-industrial cooperation between the United States and Estonia is in our country’s strategic interest,” Marran said.
Raytheon and Estonian officials will meet in Estonia to further define areas of cooperation. The company said initial efforts will be on advancing industry partnerships and pursuing collaborative initiatives to further boost cyber defense capabilities for both parties and for others seeking advice and help.
Estonia is a member of NATO. According to Raytheon, the country is a leader in digital society, e-governance and cyber security solutions.