DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The World’s largest and most complex annual international live-fire cyber defence exercise ‘Locked Shields 2022’. The exercise was organised by the Tallinn, Estonia NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in cooperation with NATO Siemens, Microsoft, Tallinn University of Technology and other partners.
This year, the exercise takes place amid the rising threat of cyber-attacks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The exercise highlights the need of cyber defenders and strategic decision-makers to understand the numerous interdependencies between national IT systems.
During this exercise, under conditions of intense pressure he Cyber experts practise the protection of national civilian and military IT systems and critical infrastructure in a large-scale cyber-attack. The exercise provides an opportunity to practice cooperation in a crisis situation between both civilian and military units, as well as public and private sectors, as in the event of a large-scale cyber-attack these tactical and strategic decision-makers must work together.
In the exercise, around 800 experts across 25 nations participated and will form "Blue Teams" tasked with defending more than 3,000 virtualized systems from the opposing forces.
The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub that supports the alliance’s member nations and the alliance itself with cyber defence expertise.