Locked Shields, an annual exercise organized NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) since 2010, is focused on providing cyber defence experts with a “red team vs. blue team” scenario. 2019 marks the 9th installation of the exercise, which took place from 9 – 12 April, involving unique situations and challenges to foster cooperative learning and broaden the expertise of the more than 1000 participants.
Locked Shields 2019 – Summary
Locked Shields is conceptualized to provide unique opportunities for experimentation, training and cooperation between members of the CCDCOE, NATO and partner nations. To facilitate these experiences, in 2019, participants were once challenged through a combination of skilled adversaries with experts on both blue and red teams, the protection of unfamiliar and specialised systems and the difficulty of coordinating in teams while responding to the pressure of rapid changes in the overall operational situation.
Some more highlights at a glance:
- Live-fire = real-time Red Team vs. Blue Team exercise
- Involves regular business IT, critical infrastructure and military systems
- Integrates technical and strategic decision-making exercise
- More than 1200 cyber defence experts from nearly 30 nations
- Runs on Cyber Range, an innovative platform managed by the Estonian Defence Forces