Merle Maigre, current Director of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, will take on a new challenge in September by becoming an Executive Vice President for Government Relations at CybExer Technologies, an Estonian cyber security company, which is rapidly expanding its operations both in Estonia and abroad.
“In this new job, I’ll be able to combine cyber security my previous experience in international relations and defence policy. Working with two Estonian Presidents and the NATO Secretary General has made me true believer in the value of strategic level exercises for decision-makers. Knowledge needs practice and practice can best be conducted in a life-like environment,” Merle Maigre said.
CybExer Technologies is a leading Estonian exporter of cyber security solutions that has thus far provided a wide range of solutions to almost 20 foreign governments and international organisations. One of the most sought-after products in CybExer’s portfolio is the world’s only cyber training environment for large-scale and sophisticated cyber security exercises. Furthermore, CybExer is an operating partner of Estonian and foreign enterprises for the assessment of their cyber security risk environment as well as the conceptualisation of incident and crisis response.
Merle Maigre has worked as a national security adviser to President Kersti Kaljulaid, having previously held the same position in the office of former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves for four years. Prior to that Maigre worked at the NATO Secretary General’s policy planning unit in Brussels, at the International Center for Defense and Security and as deputy head of the mission of NATO in Ukraine. She has also previously worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defense, where she supported the country’s NATO accession.