Computer Science and EEE students on Cybersecurity Exchange in Estonia

For the past three years, the University of Adelaide has been running a student global learning project in conjunction with the Talinn University of Technology and University of Tartu, Estonia, and the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany.

Over the three years, thirty students have been introduced the entrepreneurship and cybersecurity culture of Estonia, meeting with representatives from the Estonian Government and Entrepreneurship Community, including the Government CIO Siim Sikkut. This year, students visited the e-Estonia technology showroom, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and the Estonian Forensic Science Institute in their first week in the country. As they did this, they prepared talks for their accepted papers at the 3rd Interdisciplinary Cyber Research workshop (

Following the workshop, the students worked with postgraduate students from TTU, Tartu, and Ravensburg-Weingarten on a social engineering techniques week-long workshop. Working in small interdisciplinary groups, with industry and academic mentors, students developed their understanding of one of the most powerful cybersecurity attacks and were able, with authorisation, to conduct a limited extent social engineering attack on an Estonian business who wanted to see how good their cyberawareness training was.

While in country, students also met with local entrepreneurs to discuss future possibilities in the blockchain economy, which would contribute to their own research projects and interests back in Australia.

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