NATO Holds Cyber Coalition 2013

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) launched Cyber Coalition 2013 on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in Tartu, Estonia. The three-day cyber defense exercise was designed to test the Alliance’s ability to defend its networks from cyber attacks.

According to a NATO press release, the exercise is the largest of its kind in regard to the number of countries that participate in it. There are more than 30 nations and about 300 cyber defense experts involved. An additional 80 experts will take part from Tartu’s military training facility.

“Cyber attacks are a daily reality and they are growing in sophistication and complexity,” said Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO.

Cyber Coalition 2013, the sixth installment of this annual exercise, is aimed at training technical personnel and testing the ability of Allies and partners to handle cyber attacks. An important part of the testing is assessing how well they can coordinate and cooperate with each other to ward off multiple simulated cyber attacks. This is all in preparation for potential real life threat scenarios.

“NATO has to keep pace with this evolving threat and Cyber Coalition 2013 will allow us to fully test our systems and procedures to effectively defend our networks today and in the future,” said Shea.

The 28 NATO member nations took part along with five partner non-NATO nations, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. The European Union and New Zealand participated as observers.

 

For more information, view the press release here http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_105205.htm?selectedLocale=en and read an additional article from rt.com here http://rt.com/news/nato-cyber-exercises-estonia-344/