A team of NATO cyber defenders from the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC), based in Mons Belgium, won the largest international cyber defence exercise ‘Locked Shields 2015’, which concluded on 24 April in Estonia.
Locked Shields is an annual real-time network defence exercise, which has been organised since 2010 by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence based in Tallinn. Sixteen nations and the NCIRC team participated in this year’s exercise.
“The key to winning Locked Shields is keeping your networks within the exercise open and running,” explained computer security expert Jaan Priisalu, one of the exercise architects and a senior fellow at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “No one would like to live in a world where computer security always takes priority over usability,” he added.
The NATO team also takes home the special scenario prize while Estonia and Poland took second and third place respectively. The exercise is supported by the Government of Canada and provides insight into how complex a modern cyber defence crisis can be, and what is required from nations to handle the threat effectively.
L . J De Rothschild