Cyber Security Summer School for PhD students awaiting for applications


Estonia is a small country in Northern Europe, well known as one of the leading countries to implement a fully digital society. In Estonia it is possible to e-vote, sign legally-binding contracts, and interact with the government - all using the Internet.

Information Technology Foundation for Education in Estonia (HITSA) together with Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu and the Ministry of Education and Research proudly call for the registration to the Cyber Security Summer School Estonia 2015. welcomes the 2015 Cyber Security Summer School, where questions regarding Information Security will be investigated: how to keep data safe, how to safely share it, how to anonymise it, what it takes to reverse engineer data, etc. The experience of Estonia will be used to talk about the benefits, concerns and technical details. We will discuss how we can all live securely in a digital society in the future.


  • How to live securely in a digital society?
  • E-Estonia, a role model for the future? On implementation, challenges and limitations
  • Privacy and other concerns of a digital society
  • Anonymisation and deanonymisation techniques
  • Internet measurements and routing: big data and network mathematics
  • Examples and hands-on activities from experts
  • Lots of fun and insights into controversial topics

General Chairs:

Olaf Maennel (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

Jon Crowcroft (Cambridge University, UK)


Steven Bellovin (Columbia University)
George Danezis (University College London)
Timothy Griffin (University of Cambridge)
Mehis Hakkaja (Clarified Security)
Tristan Henderson (University of St Andrews) 
Richard Kemmerer (University of Santa Barbara)
Vern Paxson (UC Berkeley, TBC)
Jaan Priisalu (Estonian Information System Authority)
Kristjan Vassil (Tartu University)
Walter Willinger (Niksun)
Ben Zevenbergen (University of Oxford)

When: 13-17 July 2015

Where: Laulasmaa Spa and Conference Hotel, 30 min car ride from Tallinn city centre. A perfect location for both study and recreation.

Study methods: groundwork, lectures, practical tasks, group work, personal laptop required

Credits: you will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate for completing the summer school.

Participants: up to 70 PhD students (PhD level and junior researchers)

Documents required: application, motivation letter, letter of recommendation from an advisor/mentor (both max 1 page)

Participation fee: 100€ (possible to waive for students from developing countries) 

Fee covers accommodation in twin standard rooms from 12 July to 17 July 2015, catering during the Summer School and organised transport between Tallinn and Summer School location.

Transport to Estonia: Tallinn is easy to reach by plane, ferry and bus directly or via Scandinavia or major European hubs. For further information about Estonia and how to get there, please see

Visa requirements: no visa is required for the citizens of the EU, EEA and many other countries. For further information, please see

Timeline: application period lasts until 15 March 2015. Confirmation of admission by 30 March 2015. Summer School fee must be paid by 15 May 2015.


For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact

Information and application form available at is the international brand of the Estonian IT Academy. The cooperation programme is run by the Republic of Estonia, Estonian universities and the IT industry for securing the required labour force for the sector and creating preconditions for Estonia’s growth through ICT.