Over a thousand Cyber Defense experts from 30 different countries compete this week in the Locked Shields 2019 (LS19) exercise. The exercise, organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence), in Tallinn (Estonia), provides for the simulation of a series of virtual attacks against computer networks of military and civilian infrastructures essential for the security of an imaginary country.
The Italian team "Blue Team 22" is made up of IT experts from the Joint Forces Command for Cybernetic Operations (CIOC), the Armed Forces, the National Cybercrime Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures (CNAPIC), Industry and Universities, that together respond to virtual cyber attacks. The training event therefore offered the participants the opportunity to collaborate and confront each other, training themselves to work together in order to be ready to face any real cyber threat.
The defense sector has always drawn on the most advanced technologies and many military activities of a modern nation have a cybernetic component. This forced the Armed Forces to equip themselves with the necessary countermeasures to face the new Cyber threats. In Italy - in line with the objectives defined both in Europe and in NATO, which include the creation of solid Cyber Defense capabilities and the protection of critical infrastructures - the Joint Forces Command for Cyber Operations (CIOC) was set up.