NATO Cyber Defence Exercise Locked Shields 2012

Early this week from 26th to 28th of March 2012 after last NATO Cyber Defence Exercise Baltic Cyber Shield in 2010 NATO's Tallinn-based cyber defence centre launched a new exercise named Locked Shields 2012.

Centre’s main objective is to enhance the cyber defence capability of NATO and its partners and exercises such as this are invaluable for training the specialists’ skills and cooperation,” commented Director of the Centre, Colonel Ilmar Tamm.

“I am very pleased that we have found good partners such as the Estonian Cyber Defence League to work with and I can only hope that this cooperation will continue for the next exercises as well.”

Exercise scenario

Locked Shields 2012 cyberwar between two teams Blue&Red

  • Blue Team Good Guys

The Blue Teams consist of experts and specialists from governmental organisations, military units, CERT teams and private sector companies. Teams from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, NATO (NCIRC), Slovakia and combined teams from Germany-Austria and Denmark-Norway-Sweden represent small telecommunications companies which fall under cyber attacks.


  • Red Team Bad Guys

The core of the Red Team is composed of specialists and volunteers from Finland and Estonia, with additional contributors from Germany, Latvia, Italy and NCIRC.

Provide equally balanced attacks against all Blue Team networks. To measure the success of different defence strategies and tactics, efforts of Blue Teams are assessed on a predefined scale.


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