On the Front Lines of Cybersecurity at Cyber Games | ETF Trends

NATO countries and Ukraine are gathering their best and brightest cyber experts for the annual cyber wargames that kick off today, called the Locked Shields exercise, at a time when cybersecurity is front and center in the Russia-Ukraine war, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The games are organized by NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence and contain a number of exercises, including fighting off fictional cyberattacks. Real cyberattacks have been increasing during the war. Finland recently experienced an attack to its government websites during its considerations of joining NATO, and Ukraine’s government websites were hacked in January when Russian troops were amassing at its borders.

“Every single political decision can cause an attack,” said Anett Numa, international policy advisor in the cyber policy unit of the ministry of defense in Estonia.

NATO granted Ukraine access to the malware information-sharing platform it utilizes in January and has been working to help bolster the defenses that Ukraine and other targeted countries have against cyberattacks. The alliance team for NATO is comprised of roughly 30 different cyber experts and defenders that specialize in a broad range of areas such as digital forensics, communications, and recovering hacked and damaged systems from an attack.

“We all use commercial off-the-shelf systems. We’re all using the same technology and, as we know, many of these technologies come to market and unfortunately they are vulnerable,” said Ian West, chief of the NATO Cyber Security Centre.

Last year, over 2,000 individuals participated in a simulated cyberattack exercise against a country’s financial system, working to keep vital elements like payments functioning. The games help build coordination and establish networking for the participants and highlight the continued and increasing importance of cybersecurity.

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