Crossed Swords 2017, the cyberwar games sponsored by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, has added an element of cyber-kinetic engagement for the first time.
Taking place earlier this month, the exercise focused on developing tactical execution skills in a responsive cyber-defense scenario.
“The scenario was based on a military cyber-operation,” explained Aare Reintam, exercise director at the NATO CCD COE. “Penetration testers, digital battlefield professionals and members of Special Forces were tasked with regaining control over a specific military system. This one-of-the kind cyber-kinetic engagement meant that Special Forces were used to retrieve physical evidence, including electronic equipment and data storage devices, as they would in a realistic mission in cooperation with battlefield digital forensics professionals.”
Crossed Swords is the sister exercise of Locked Shields, the world’s largest and most advanced international technical cyber-defense exercise. It focuses on training penetration testers, digital forensics professionals, situational awareness experts and monitoring