NATO holds Crossed Swords cyber defence drill

  • Roman Šulc
  • 8.2.2018 20:33

Between 30 January and 2 February, NATO conducted the Crossed Swords 2018 exercise in Latvia, with focus on practising offensive cyber skills of the Red Team, who plays the attacker's role during cyber war games. The exercise, organised in collaboration with the Latvian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), engaged more than 80 participants from 15 countries, improving cooperation between the civilian sector, represented by critical information infrastructure providers, and the military. The exercise also focused on interconnectivity between cybernetic and kinetic operations, for example through drone surveillance systems and 5G sensors.

Crossed Swords is the sister project of another NATO exercise - Locked Shields, which prepares stakeholders for a comprehensive handling of cyber incidents including their technical aspects, as well as their related legal implications and strategic communication. In addition to Locked Shields, NATO is also engaged in exercises such as EU PACE17, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the Alliance and the European Union. The cyber component of the Euro-Atlantic defence strategy gained importance in recent years as potentially hostile actors like Russia or China have been employing increasingly sophisticated methods of cyber-warfare

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