To protect itself from cyberattacks, Estonia is about to open a “data embassy” outside its borders. The country’s critical infrastructure will be stored in Luxembourg, reports Isabelle de Pommereau from Tallinn.
When, 10 years ago, a massive cyber attack hit Hansabank, the bank he had worked for as a cyber specialist, Toomas Vaks felt that his entire country had been shaken to the core. It hadn’t been long since the former Soviet republic had rebuilt itself from scratch into one of the world’s most wired societies.
“What if the conflict escalates and our country were to be occupied again?” Vaks, now head of cyber security at the Estonian Information System Authority, a government agency set up after the 2007 attack to help the country keep abreast of cyber patterns, remembers thinking.