NATO To Use Internet Gaming To Boost Cyber Defense Capability

In what could turn out to be a complex, mind boggling mix of real-life defense situations and cyber-based defense scenarios, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO Tuesday announced that it is launching a defense exercise aimed at beefing up the European and Atlantic military organization’s defense skills.

The report emanating from NATO’s cyber defense center in Tallinn, Estonia said the unique exercise called “Locked Shields 2012” is scheduled for three days of cyber gaming.

NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence spokeswoman Kristiina Pennar today told the Agence France Presse that “Locked Shields 2012” involves the cooperation of European IT and legal experts and will see two teams battle it out in cyber gaming scenarios.

No further details were available, but observers’ attention is drawn to the availability of popular war games titles created with real-life defense situations in mind and which could be a rich – and expectedly exciting–source of material for the real-life defense gamers.

IT and legal experts from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and NATO will take part in the cyber games.

Estonia, which joined NATO and the European Union only in 2004 is internationally recognized as an advanced IT-tech nation and is generally known as one of the world’s most wired.

The Baltic republic, a former member of the Soviet bloc with a population of less than 2 million, spearheaded the creation of the NATO Cyber Defense Center at its capital city in 2008.