2013 NATO Locked Shields Cyber Defence Exercise

International Cyber Defence Exercise Locked Shields two-day exercise aimed to test the defence skills of IT experts under real-life conditions and also practise working side-by-side with different nations.

The exercise has come a long way since the first event in 2008 and the fact that the teams are improving shows that the exercises do what they were developed for, namely train the IT specialists to work together and enhance their skills, noted Colonel Artur Suzik, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “I firmly believe that we owe the success of the exercise to our partners without whom this event could not take place and we are hoping to cooperate with all of them again for the Locked Shields 2014.”

The exercise was organised by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Finnish Defence Forces, Estonian Defence Forces, Estonian Cyber Defence League and Estonian Information Systems’ Authority. Great technical support was received from Cisco, Clarified Networks, Clarified Security and Bytelife.

The ten Blue Teams were from Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovakia and NATO.

Exercise control was located on the premises of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.


NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is an International Military Organisation located in Tallinn, Estonia. It is not an operational centre and does not fall within the NATO command structure; it is guided and financed by the nations participating in its work. Centre’s mission is to enhance the capability, cooperation and information sharing among NATO, its member nations and partners in cyber defence by virtue of education, research and development, lessons learned and consultation.

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