Friday, March 1, 2013

Academic life

It has been a long time since my last post and a lot has happened since. The last year has been interesting, as I was searching for my next challenge. I'll try rebooting this blog, as well.

I left the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence at the turn of the year. I had been involved with it since January of 2005, when I first joined the team that was doing the preparation work to get the Centre established. When that happened in May of 2008, I took on the role of a scientist (first at R&D, later at Training and Doctrine). This time was instrumental in my personal and professional growth and I am very grateful to the Centre and the Estonian Defence Forces for the opportunities I was offered during my service. However, after five years at CCD COE, it was time to move on, lest I get too comfortable in my role there.

Therefore, I did some soul searching and job searching last year. My job search revealed that there are many empty slots to fill, so I opted for the approach that allows me to address the qualified manpower shortage in the most direct way. Last September I took on a part-time teaching position in University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in order to get experience and to see a bit more of the academic world. As of last month, I am also an Associate Professor in Tallinn University of Technology, working on cyber security topics (a 50% position). Both of these Universities have ambitious goals for building up a strong cyber security program, so I will have some interesting years ahead.

I have also reserved a fraction of my time for other interesting projects (consulting, etc.) that come up, such as cyber exercises and targeted short term research projects. All in all, this arrangement gives me a lot of flexibility and a wider net to fish for exciting challenges.

So far, I am enjoying myself. Life is very busy, but fun as well.