Executive Vice President for Government Relations, CybExer Technologies OÜ
Merle Maigre is the executive vice president for government relations of CybExer, a cyber security company based in Tallinn. She was previously the director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (2017–2018) and the security policy adviser to the President of Estonia (2012–2017). Before that, she served as policy adviser in the Policy Planning Unit in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (2010–2012).
Since the beginning of 2019 Russia has embraced a more aggressive rhetoric towards NATO, the European Union, and Western leaders. The Kremlin communicates its narratives both to domestic audiences via state-controlled media, and to international audiences via Kremlin-backed outlets like RT and Sputnik. The West is presented as weak and vulnerable in the face of Russian hybrid threats (from warfighting to cyber aggressions), while at the same time Russia is being framed as a victim of such attacks from the ‘agrressive West’. In this discussion we will analyse what steps should be taken to set us on a desirable path in terms of cyber and digital security policy.