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Representatives of the Baltic states and their State Partnership counterparts enhanced cooperation in responding to cyber incidents at Exercise Baltic Ghost 2017


Last week representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the National Cyber Security Centre took part in Exercise Baltic Host 2017 hosted in Stuttgart, Germany, by the United States European Command* (USEUCOM) with support from the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE).


“Trust is key for information sharing. This exercise has solidified the participants’ mutual trust and resolve to strengthen cyber defence in the Baltic region,” Director of C4/Cyber, USEUCOM, Brigadier General Thomas A. Pugh said.


Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza in an overview of Exercise Baltic Ghost underscored that “hand-on exercise with Lithuania’s strategic partners is particularly beneficial, it helps transfer numerous valuable lessons learnt.”


Baltic Ghost is a series of cyber defence workshops designed to build, sustain, and/or enhance cyber partnerships between EUCOM, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and their National Guard State Partners Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, respectively. This supports guidance from both the White House and Department of Defense regarding international cooperation in cyberspace.


The primary objective of Baltic Ghost 2017 is to test cooperation between the three Baltic States and the United States in the event of an escalating cyber incident, the solution of which requires internationally coordinated joint action. The exercise took place on June 27-29.


Baltic Ghost topics include: defining what the cyber critical infrastructure within the region is, what authorities are available when it comes to defining civil and military cyber organizations supporting one another during times of a cyber crisis, and defining what information sharing methodologies are the most effective.


* U.S. European Command is one of the United States’ two forward-deployed Geographic Combatant Commands whose area of focus cover almost one-fifth of the planet, including all of Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East and the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The command is responsible for military relations with NATO and 51 countries with a total population of close to a billion people.


Photo: courtesy of the exercise organisers

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