NATO cyber defenders put to the test at world’s largest live-fire cyber drill

By Communication team 4/20/2018
BRUSSELS, Belgium – From 23 to 27 April 2018, NATO cyber experts will come under attack in the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world, Locked Shields.

​BRUSSELS, Belgium – From 23 to 27 April 2018, NATO cyber experts will come under attack in the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world, Locked Shields.

NATO Blue team of 30 cyber defenders led by NCI Agency will be taking part in the week-long event, alongside 1000 experts from nearly 30 Nations.

The competition has been organized annually by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Tallinn, Estonia, since 2010.

"I am confident the NCI Agency team is ready to demonstrate their finely tuned cyber-net defence skills.  Locked Shields is a seminal event in training our cyber experts because winning in the exercise environment demonstrates our team is prepared to successfully defend day-to-day against threats," said Dr Gregory Edwards, NCI Agency Director of Infrastructure Services.

Locked Shields offers a unique opportunity for NATO as well as national cyber defenders to test the protection of respective IT systems and critical infrastructure in a safe environment, while being aggressively challenged by world-class opponents.

It focuses on realistic and cutting-edge technologies, scenarios, networks and attack methods. CCDCOE integrates the technical and strategic game, enabling participating nations to practice the entire chain of command in the event of a severe cyber incident, from strategic to operational level and involving both civilian and military capabilities.

For more information about the exercise, follow the CCDCOE site here.

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