In the world’s largest cyber defense exercise, the Poles rank fourth in success. Twenty-two teams participated in the 2021 “Operation Locking the Shield” organized by NATO. The Swedish team won.
More than 2,000 cyber security experts from all over the world participated in the exercise. They are organized by the NATO Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE). The experts of the CERT Polska team manage the work of up to four sub-teams in the Polish representative office: network, Internet application security, special systems and laws.
“Locked Shields provides an unprecedented opportunity for participating countries to test their skills in a safe environment facing highly skilled enemies. Each team must defend a customized virtual network and span various services and platforms to mimic civilian and military systems. Ian West, head of the NATO Cyber Security Center, said before the exercise.
According to CERT Polska on Twitter, the Polish representative completed the exercise in fourth place. Maybe beyond the podium, but it is still a great success for our compatriots. In practice, the teams are divided into red and blue. Each of them must not only show agility, but also show the speed of responding to cyber threats. In the NATO simulation, the mission of the cyber expert was to protect approximately 5,000 systems, which was the target of approximately 4,000 attacks.