NATO’s flagship cyber exercise starts in Estonia

Cyber Coalition, NATO’s biggest and most important cyber defence exercise that involves more than 700 participants from 25 allies, NATO partner countries, the European Union, industry and academia, is to take place in Estonia.

Taking place for the 10th year in a row, Cyber Coalition tests and trains cyber defenders from across the alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks, the alliance said in a statement.

“From defence against malware, through tackling hybrid challenges involving social media, to attacks on mobile devices, the exercise has a challenging, realistic scenario that helps prepare our cyber defenders for real-life cyber challenges,” NATO said. “The training includes testing of operational and legal procedures, exchange of information and work with industry and partners.”

The three-day exercise is managed from the NATO Cyber Range in Estonia, but the majority of the participants take part from their own work places.

Cyber defence is part of NATO’s core task of collective defence and staying ahead of the curve on cyber defence is a top priority for the alliance. Exercises like Cyber Coalition are part of that effort. They help to improve NATO and the allies’ abilities to defend their networks, as well as our coordination in case of a cyberattack.

The Cyber Coalition exercise is to take place in the week that commenced on 27 November 2017.


The cover image is illustrative (Shutterstock).

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