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08 September 2015

VIDEO: Colonel Suzik Hands Command of the Centre over to Sven Sakkov

As of September, Sven Sakkov is the Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Colonel Artur Suzik of the Estonian Defence forces handed over the command of the Tallinn-based Centre in a moving ceremony. Watch the videos below. 

Sven Sakkov Assumes Command of NATO CCDCOE (in English)

Sven Sakkov asus NATO Küberkaitsekeskust juhtima (in Estonian)

Colonel Artur Suzik was appointed the Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in 2012. His previous positions have included commander of the Signal Battalion, Chief of Planning Section of the Communication and Information Systems Department and Chief of J6 at the Headquarters of Estonian Defence Forces. His assignments have also included serving as a staff officer at the Estonian Delegation to NATO.

Sven Sakkov has been an Undersecretary for Defence Policy in the Estonian Ministry of Defence since 2008, coordinating policy planning, international cooperation and work with NATO and EU. He has previously served as Defence Counsellor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington and Director of Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Defence. Sven Sakkov has also worked at the Estonian Delegation to NATO and the Office of the President of the Republic.

The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub focused on interdisciplinary applied research and development as well as consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security. The Centre’s mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing between NATO, Allies and Partners in cyber defence. The Centre is staffed and financed by sponsoring nations and contributing participants.