The Tallinn-based NATO cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence is holding its fifth annual technical cyber defense exercise Locked Shields this week. The exercise has brought together a total of 400 IT specialists from 16 nations.
The training exercise, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is built up like a competitive game between the national Blue Teams, computer emergency response specialists, playing the role of the rapid reaction teams of the fictional country of Berlya, whose computer systems are under attack.
In addition to technical and forensic challenges, participants also have to tackle legal injects and media pressure that add real-world considerations. Locked Shields 2015 thus provides insight into how complex a modern cyber defense crisis can be, and what is required from nations in order to be able to cope with the threats.
The exercise is has been organized annually since 2010. Each year it includes a number of new elements and challenges to mirror real-world developments and provide hands-on experience with up-to-date threats in cyber security. This year new attack vectors will include ICS/SCADA systems and Windows 8 and 10 operating systems, as well as elements of active defense.
Last year's competition was won by Poland. The overall winner of the 2013 exercise was NATO team, with Estonia placing second.
Editor: M. Oll