Exercise Locked Shields is the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defense exercise in the world. An annual event, Exercise Locked Shields has been hosted by the CCDCOE since 2010 and is a red team (attackers) vs. blue team (defenders) exercise with teams formed by CCDCOE member nations and partners. This year, 24 blue teams are participating with an average of 50 experts in each team. Blue teams take on the role of national rapid cyber response teams that are deployed to help a fictional country deal with a large-scale cyber incident.
Locked Shields uses realistic technologies to train national defense teams in a fictional scenario-based exercise environment. According to the CCDCOE, the need for collaborative exercises such as LS22 has become even more evident during the current global pandemic and the current European geopolitical situation. Societies have become more dependent on virtual solutions to ensure the continuity of societal functions during the pandemic. This has dramatically increased the attack surface for malicious actors and requires effective collaboration between public and private entities to ensure the systems we depend on are protected.
“Many of our long-time partners have contributed greatly to the success of the exercise over the years,” said Colonel Jaak Tarien, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE). “These partners include the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the Estonian Defense Forces and several private companies such as Stamus Networks. We are extremely grateful for all of their contributions.”
Since 2016, Stamus Networks has worked with the CCDCOE in multiple exercises providing expert personnel and its network security solutions, including its advanced solutions network detection and response (NDR) system – the Stamus security platform.
“We are partnering with the CCDCOE for these exercises that aim to strengthen the defensive capabilities of our NATO allies, as we have made it our mission to develop and support tools that make the job of cyber defenders easier and more impactful,” said Ken Gramley, CEO of Stamus Networks. “Furthermore, Locked Shield provides us with a world-class testing ground for new capabilities that we are integrating into our network-based threat detection and response solutions.”
To learn more about the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) and Exercise Locked Shields, visit the website: https://ccdcoe.org/exercises/locked-shields/.
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