EU defence ministers test responses in table-top cyber exercise

  • Roman Šulc
  • 13.9.2017 18:06

On 7 September, defence ministers of European countries took part in a non-technical cyber-exercise held in Tallinn, Estonia, demonstrating a crisis scenario of a cyber-attack on the EU's Mediterranean naval mission accompanied by a discrediting campaign on social media. The table-top exercise served as a practice of strategic decision-making expected from senior officials in cases of serious cyber-attacks. Within the 90-minute exercise, representatives of the 28 EU countries were confronted with questions about how they would classify the incident, which EU tool they would use to react, or to what extent they would inform the public. The scenario was accompanied by fictitious media coverage informing about the incident's escalation.

EU members' protection from cyber threats, prioritised among other things by attacks accompanying the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and other local cyber-attacks, will also be on the front-burner during the Estonian EU presidency started on 1 July. Aside from this exercise, the Union's serious attitude towards cyber agenda was further demonstrated on 13 September, when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed the creation of a pan-European Cyber Security Agency in his annual report on the state of the EU.

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