The Centre’s Ambassador, one of the first employees and an essential contributor to the Locked Shields network defense exercise, Rain Ottis, will be decorated by the President of Estonia with the Order of White Star. Those decorated in 2016 include numerous IT entrepreneurs as well as General Philip Breedlove.
Dr Ottis is Associate Professor of Cyber Security at Tallinn University of Technology and served as a scientist at the Centre from 2008 to 2012. He worked on strategic analysis and concept development in the context of national and international cyber security. He has profoundly contributed to the Centre’s technical exercises and annual conferences, and was among the co-authors of the Tallinn Manual.
Prior to his assignment at the Centre, Dr Ottis served as a communications officer in the Estonian Defence Forces, focusing primarily on cyber defence training and awareness. In addition to his current assignment, he is teaching cyber security in University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (BS, Computer Science) and Tallinn University of Technology (PhD, Computer Science; MSc, Informatics). His research interests include cyber conflict, national cyber security, politically motivated cyber attacks and the role of volunteers in cyber security.