April 2015 – EASTERN EUROPE – More than 400 computer experts and teams from 16 countries, as well as the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC), will participate in the cybersecurity drill dubbed as Locked Shields 2015. Colonel Artur Suzik, director, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence said, “Locked Shields prepares computer emergency response specialist for the ever-changing cyber security landscape. Uniquely, we use realistic technologies, networks, and attack methods.”
Col. Suzik added that new technologies and attack vectors were added every year to keep the cybersecurity drill at pace with real-world developments. Last year, Android devices, IP cameras, and VoiP attacks were added to the cybersecurity exercises. The Locked Shields 2015 included ICS/SCADA Systems, Windows 8 and 10 operating systems and an element of active defense, according to Col. Suzik. He explained that the cybersecurity drills is scenario-based. The NATO Cyber Defense Center of Excellence started the annual cybersecurity drill in 2010. The Government of Canada provided the financial grant for Locked Shield 2015. The grant will be used to purchase technical equipment for the cyber lab and supporting services to increase the capacity of the cybersecurity drill. President Barack Obama and other world leaders decided to boost partnerships in cyber defense capabilities during a NATO summit in September. The world leaders also warned that a cyberattack against NATO members could trigger a collective defense response similar to a military aggression. –Value Walk
US and Estonia War Games
Separately, the U.S. Army and Estonia soldiers are part of the NATO Tornado military drills. According to RT News, NATO will use a laser training system to simulate actual battles during the military drills, which is the largest in the history of Estonia. Almost 2,000 Estonian soldiers and divisions of U.S. paratroopers will start the five-day Tornado drills, which will demonstrate the level of their readiness for larger Siil [Hedgehog] military exercises,” according to General Staff of Estonia’s Defense Forces. In May, 13,000 soldiers will participate in the Siil war games.
According to the report, NATO will use different versions of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) during the Tornado drills. The presence of the U.S. soldiers in the Baltic region is part of the Atlantic Resolve, which demonstrates the commitment of the United States to NATO members across Eastern Europe. The U.S. is committed to international training and security cooperation. On Thursday, Russia’s General Staff, Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov noted that the operational combat training activities of NATO near the borders of the country increased by 80% last year. According to him, the military drills have a “clear anti-Russian orientation.” –VW