NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (Tallinn, Estonia) holds the Locked Shields 2017, the most advanced cyber defense exercise in the world, this week.
According to the NATO official website, some 800 experts from 25 countries will participate. They are ‘security experts who protect national IT systems, policy officers and legal advisors from NATO Allies and Partners’.
The exercise scenario foresees that the participants ‘defend the services and networks of a military air base of a fictitious country, against cyber-attacks targeting the base’s electric power grid system, drones, military command and control systems and other infrastructure’. Overall, more than 2,500 hacker attacks will be simulated. As the experts train to timely prevent and react to hacker threats, supervisors will check policy officers, too – for proper decision-making procedures.
Such drills have been held since 2010; they involve high command of several European armies and the U.S. European command, as well their industry and science partners in Northern Europe.