CR14's Cyber Range hosts world's biggest cyber defence exercise Locked Shields with NATO CCDCOE

CR14’s Estonian Cyber Range played a crucial role in hosting the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence's annual Locked Shields cyber defence exercise. More than 3,000 participants from 38 nations, including defending Blue Teams and an attacking Red Team, worked together to protect real computer systems from real-time attacks and improve their tactical and strategic decision-making skills.

cyberrangers at Locked Shields

The exercise highlighted the importance of strategy and cooperation in dealing with cyber crises. The 24 participating Blue Teams, comprising national cyber Rapid Reaction Teams, were deployed to assist a fictional country under large-scale cyberattacks. Their task was to protect the mock state’s information systems and critical infrastructure, such as banking systems and power plants, from thousands of attacks, make management decisions in a crisis, and ensure that decisions are well-considered. This year’s event saw the Sweden-Iceland joint team emerge as the most effective participant, followed by the Estonia-USA joint team and the Polish team.

CR14 Cyber Range’s involvement in hosting the Locked Shields exercise underscored its commitment to providing a safe environment for cybersecurity training and developing innovative technologies using cyberspace. As the world continues to face an increasing number of cyber threats, the importance of cybersecurity training and collaboration cannot be overstated. CR14 Cyber Range’s partnership with NATO CCDCOE in hosting Locked Shields is an excellent example of how institutions can work together to improve their preparedness against cyberattacks.

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