Piret Pernik is a Researcher at the Strategy Branch of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre for Excellence (CCDCOE). Her main research interests are cybersecurity strategies and policies, cyber defence and military cyber forces, as well as cybersecurity and national security implications of emerging and disruptive technologies (EDT), including artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity of next generation mobile networks. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports and policy analysis on these topics, including book chapters, articles in academic journals, and research reports.
Most recently, she edited a volume of papers entitled “Cyberspace Strategic Outlook 2030: Horizon Scanning and Analysis” (2022), and co-edited a volume entitled “Cyber Threats and NATO 2030: Horizon Scanning and Analysis” (2020). Prior to joining the CCDCOE in 2019, Piret Pernik was a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Security and Defence (ICDS), Estonia’s largest think-tank focused on security and defence matters.
She has also worked as a Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Social Sciences. Between 2003-2013 she served as a public servant in the Estonian Ministry of Defence and as an adviser of the National Defence Committee of the Parliament of Estonia. She has Master’s degrees on Social Theory, and International Relations and European Studies.