Cybernetica, Estonia


Cybernetica AS is a private research and development company, original equipment manufacturer and solutions provider active in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It was established in 1997 during reorganisation of the Institute of Cybernetics (IOC) of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Its total number of employees is about 100. The main activity areas are information security systems and services, large-scale information systems, and marine navigation systems. All the areas are supported by basic and applied research.

Activities in the field of information security started in 1992 with the establishment of the Information Technology Department at the IOC. The company became the primary contractor for the national Information Security program. Since 1992, the information security systems department has been rapidly developing and currently involves around 60 full- or part-time researchers and system engineers (including eight PhDs).

The department's core business is to offer its customers the design, building and deployment of information systems with complex protocols and non-functional (e.g. security, timing) requirements. The e-government solutions designed and developed by Cybernetica include digital time-stamping systems, the Estonian e-voting system and the X-road secure database access middleware. Other important business and development areas for Cybernetica are auditing of information systems and building the secure multi-party computation framework Sharemind.

In the TREsPASS project, Cybernetica led the work package developing the mode development process and contributed to the efforts concerning the attack-defence trees and data acquisition mechanisms. Within the dissemination activities, Cybernatica participated in standardisation of the TREsPASS results.