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OAS and Estonia Sign Cooperation Agreement on Cyber Security

  October 20, 2014

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Estonia today signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the development of cyber security capabilities in the Americas, and to increase collaboration between the hemispheric institution and the Eastern European country on the issue.

The Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Adam Blackwell, who signed on behalf of the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the importance of the agreement, saying it gives the Organization the opportunity to share experiences with Estonia on cyber security.

Ambassador Blackwell said, despite the distance of Estonia from the Americas, “we firmly believe that in this hyper-connected globalized world it is absolutely fundamental to reach agreements with countries like Estonia, who have great experience on the issue of cyber security.”

Following the signing of the document by the Director of Cyber Security of the Government of Estonia, Toomas Vaks, representing his country, the Permanent Observer of Estonia to the OAS and Ambassador to the White House, Eerik Marmei, said the agreement falls in the framework of the efforts of his country to achieve the most significant answers to the problems of cyber security, in order to improve the lives of its people. In this sense, he said it is a good sign that “people from different countries, from different continents, can work together for the benefit of all.”

The Chief of Crisis Management of Estonia, Lauri Luht, recalled that his country has worked with the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the OAS previously on issues related to cyber security through Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), in Colombia, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago, and announced that it soon will do the same in Jamaica.

The implementation of the agreement by the Estonian side will be in charge of the Information System Authority of Estonia, which coordinates the development and administration of Estonia’s information system, organizes activities related to information security, and handles the security incidents that have occurred in Estonian computer networks.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-445/14