NATO won the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields 2018. The French and Czech team took second and third place respectively.
“The winning team excelled in all categories of the exercise. It was the first time NATO participated with a team representing different NATO agencies,” said Aare Reintam, Project Manager of Technical Exercises at NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE).
In 2018, the exercise highlighted the growing need to enhance dialogue between technical experts, civil and military participants and decision-making levels. Considering the current cyber threats that are concerning nations the most, the exercise will address the critical information infrastructure protection.
The annual real-time network defence exercise is a unique opportunity for national cyber defenders to practise protection of national IT systems and critical infrastructure under the intense pressure of a severe cyber attack.