Piret Pernik joined the International Centre for Defence and Security in April 2013. Her research focuses on cyber security policy-making and other strategic issues relevant to cyber security. Piret’s tasks include analysing global developments, including strategies and policies pursued by states and international organisations. She recommends how to shape Estonia’s efforts on cyber security and on how to introduce the Estonian experience internationally, as well as coordinates cyber security related cooperation with other relevant domestic and international actors.
Before joining ICDS, she worked at the Policy Planning Department of the Estonian Ministry of Defence (in 2003–2009 and in 2012–2013). In 2009–2012, she served as an adviser to the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament). She has lectured on international relations at the Estonian Humanitarian Institute of Tallinn University and the Euroacademy and has carried out sociological research projects at the Institute of International and Social Sciences, the Institute of Educational Sciences and the Estonian Institute for Futures Studies of Tallinn University. Piret has studied sociology at the Estonian Humanitarian Institute and political science at the University of Tartu. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest.
9 February 2017
Piret Pernik Teaching in the Program on Cyber Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies
On 9 February 2017 ICDS Research Fellow Piret Pernik gave a lecture cyber capacity building in the Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS). She also...
2 February 2017
ICDS in media
How to Survive a Russian Hack
As Piret Pernik, a cybersecurity researcher at Tallinn’s International Centre for Defense and Security (ICDS) explained, the assault was meant to...
19 January 2017
What the West Needs to Understand About Russia's Approach to Influence Operations
Finally, a consensus seems to have been emerged that Russia meddled with the US elections, even though there is disagreement about whether Russia’s...
14 December 2016
Resilience as Part of NATO's Strategy: Deterrence by Denial and Cyber Defence
The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of John Hopkins University published a study entitled “Forward Resilience: Protecting Society in...
9 December 2016
Discussion on Fostering Resilience in the Context of Societal and Cyber Security
On 9 December 2016 ICDS Research Fellow Piret Pernik participated at the working lunch in Helsinki hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Defence in the...
27 November 2016
ICDS in media
Digitization and Cyber Security in Estonia: Best Practices
A Polish journal "The Baltic Overview" (Przegląd Bałtycki) published on 27 November 2016 an interview with ICDS Research Fellow Piret Pernik on the...
31 October 2016
ICDS in media
Current Challenges for Nato in Cyber Domain
The Bulletin of Foreign and Security Policy of the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, one of the three Germany’s biggest political parties,...
27 October 2016
ICDS Research Fellow Moderates a Panel at Conference in Riga
Piret Pernik, ICDS Research Fellow, moderated a panel at the Forth Annual Cyber Security Conference „Integrating Cyber Defence into Professional...