NATO launches exercise to beef up cyber defence

Mar 26, 2012
Soldiers sit in front of computers at the NATO airbase in Geilenkirchen in 2007. NATO's Tallinn-based cyber defence centre on Monday launched a three-day exercise involving European IT and legal experts in a bid to beef up cyber defence skills through gaming.

NATO's Tallinn-based cyber defence centre on Monday launched a three-day exercise involving European IT and legal experts in a bid to beef up cyber defence skills through gaming.

The "Locked Shields 2012" initiative involves cyber battles between two teams, Kristiina Pennar, a spokeswoman for the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence told AFP.

IT and from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and NATO are taking part.

Created in October 2008, the NATO cyber centre was set up in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

The tiny ex-Soviet Baltic republic of 1.3 million which joined both NATO and the in 2004 is internationally renowned for being IT savvy and counts among the world's most wired nations.

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