NATO has concluded its largest annual cyber defence exercise, Cyber Coalition 2023, which collected 170 participants on-site at the CR14 in Tallinn, as well as more than 1300 cyber defenders from 35 NATO Allies and Partners.
Participants included the newest ally, Finland; Partner Nations Sweden, Georgia, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, and Ukraine; the European Union; and participants from industry and academia.
“Cyber Coalition is unique because it is the only cyber exercise in NATO that is not a competition. We all work together as a family of cyber defenders. This collaboration is what makes us stronger and more resilient to cyber threats. This year, the cooperation between all participants has been exceptional,” said Commander Charles Elliott, Cyber Coalition 2023 Exercise Director, United States Navy.
The NATO’s Allied Command Transformation-led annual exercise Cyber Coalition tests and trains cyber defenders from across the Alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks.
Cyber Coalition 2023 is also perfect for experimentation, driving cyberspace warfare and capability development. Experimentation is used, among other things, to test and validate concepts, capture requirements, or explore Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, focusing on improving the delivery of next-generation capabilities, material and non-material, to the warfighters. The Cyber Coalition experimentation campaign conducted three experiments aligned with the exercise scenario and the storylines:
Cyber Coalition 2023 is based on a challenging, realistic scenario where a powerful threat actor tries to compromise a NATO mission by conducting advanced and sophisticated cyber operations. These operations trigger the coordination and collaboration of participating NATO, allied and partner cyber defenders. The scenario helps prepare cyber defenders for real-life cyber challenges, including attacks on critical infrastructure and disruption of NATO and allied assets while in operations.
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Philippe Lavigne recently said, “Sharing is paramount. We share best practices by creating communities of military experts. We learn how to work together better through exercises and war games that we make as realistic as possible through modelling and simulation. […] By working together across nations at the military level, we benefit from each other’s experience. The lessons learned from different nations help us to better prepare for and adapt to evolving threats, thereby ensuring our collective resilience.”
Cyber Coalition is NATO’s flagship annual collective cyber defence exercise and one of the largest in the world. It is planned and conducted by Allied Command Transformation under the governance of the Military Committee. And it is running on the NATO Cyber Range, operated by CR14.
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