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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza with Lithuanian cyber security team training in international cyber security exercise


On April 27 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza and leadership of the Cyber Security Bureau of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia that are visiting Lithuania met with the Lithuanian team training in the international cyber security Exercise Locked Shields 2017.


“This year the Lithuanian team includes two members with the Cyber Security Bureau of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia. We want to share our experience with our Georgian partners: cyberspace has no borders, which is why it is vital that they have experience and skills in case real cyber security threat occurs,” Vice Minister E.Kerza said.


According to Vice Minister, the annual scenario-based real-time network defence exercise is beneficial as it focuses on training the security experts who protect national IT systems on a daily basis.


The computer-simulated exercise runs in real-time in a simulated virtualised environment training over 800 specialists from 25 countries. Even though both, exercise scenario and environment are fictional, it employs methods used in real-life practices. “Our specialists continuously respond to different cyber incidents and coordinate with foreign teams of participants during the exercise,” said head of the Lithuanian team and member of the Cyber Security and Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of National Defence.


This year the size and scope of technologies, networks and devices used in Exercise Locked Shields 2017 increased considerably. According to the exercise organisers, the participants will be challenged to respond to over 2,500 cyber incidents of different nature, the exercise will use over 3,000 virtual systems.


Lithuanian team in the world’s largest and most cutting-edge cyber defence exercise is formed mainly by the Cyber Security and Telecommunications Service under the MoD and other national institutions.


Representatives of Vilnius University and Kaunas University of Technology were also invited to observe the execution of the exercise, the two higher education institutions collaborate with the National Cyber Security Centre in the organisation of the national Lithuanian Exercise Cyber Shield.


While the organisers of the exercise will gather in Tallinn, Estonia, the participating Blue Teams will have secure online access to the exercise networks from their home bases.


Locked Shields exercise is organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia. Locked Shields 2017 is organised in cooperation with the Estonian Defence Forces, the Finnish Defence Forces, the Swedish Defence University, the British Joint Army, the United States European Command, Air Operations COE and Tallinn University of Technology.


More info about the exercise: https://ccdcoe.org/locked-shields-2017


Photo credits: Giedrė Maksimovicz (MoD), Vainius Eiva (ENSECCOE)

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