The Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE) is about to stage the world's biggest international training exercise in cyber defense in collaboration with several NATO and partner nations as well as technology companies next week.
Altogether some 800 people from 25 countries are to take part in the exercise, Locked Shields 2017, that will continue from April 24 to 28, spokespeople for CCD COE said. The scale of the exercise this year, as well as the number of technologies, networks and devices involved will be significantly bigger thisyear than in previous years.
According to the scenario of the exercise, Team Blue must ensure the functioning and principal services of the military base of a fictitious country at a time when its electrical networks, drones, command structures and other systems come under attack. The scenario suggests that at least 2,500 attacks will be carried out.
Even though the main aim of the exercise is to perfect the participants' technical skills, a strategic component will be added this year to offer training opportunities also to political and legal experts.
CCD COE has staged Locked Shields exercises since 2010.
The contributors to the 2017 edition of the exercise are the defense forces of Estonia, Finland and Sweden, the British armed forces, U.S. European Command and Tallinn University of Technology. Of businesses, Siemens AG, Threod Systems, Cyber Test Systems, Clarified Security, Iptron, Bytelife, BHC Laboratory, openvpn.net, Guardtime and several others will take part.