NATO Awards Estonian Blockchain Company Guardtime Contract for Next-Generation Cyber Range

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Guardtime announced today that they have been awarded a contract by the Estonian Ministry of Defence under the auspices of NATO to design the next generation NATO cyber range.

The new range design will considerably enhance NATO’s cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence, test, rehearsal, and mission refinement capabilities and promote effective cooperation and collaboration of state of the art tools, techniques, and procedures (TTP) to provide NATO range users with a credible capability and options for blue and red team planning activities.

Jay Maynard, Director of Guardtime Cyber Range Operations said:

“Our work with the Estonian MoD and NATO will make a real difference into how NATO range users will prepare themselves – and prevail – in the face of todays complex cyber threat landscape.”

Martin Ruubel, President of Guardtime Estonia said:

“When designing and building the defence focused exercise ranges, Guardtime always aims at the principle: “We train as we fight”. For NATO we will provide a state of the art flexible, operationally relevant and representative environment design that enables integrated simulation and training and collaboration for a wide variety of blue and red team cyber mission exercise areas, enabling NATO cyber range users the ability to securely collaborate and refine their tools and tactics.”

Sven Sakkov, Director of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE), a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, research institution, and training and exercise facility focusing on interdisciplinary applied research, consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security, commented:

“The Range is a unique platform for cyber defence exercises and trainings. The Centre has based Locked Shields – the world’s largest and most advanced international technical network defence exercise – on the Range for close to a decade. The versatility and computing power of the platform allows us to simulate a different complex scenario every year for an increasing number of participants.”

Matthew Johnson, Guardtime CTO added:

“state-of-the-art technologies incorporated in the range design supporting the NATO cyber range scenarios are transformative and a means to meet and exceed the requirements for disseminating mission-critical data securely and timely. It’s an honor to be able to support NATO and the Estonian MoD in its significant efforts to enhance cyber operational relevance.”

Guardtime is the world’s leading blockchain company founded in Tallinn, Estonia in 2007. The company develops blockchain-based solutions for defence, health-care, cybersecurity and physical supply chains. 

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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