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The NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence participated as C2 observer in this year’s exercise, Locked Shields 2024—the world’s largest and most complex live-fire cyber defense exercise. The event was organized and hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn, Estonia.

The exercise aimed to help nations develop their capabilities to face cyber threats as a coalition, as stated by Dr. Mart Noorma, the Director of the NATO CCDCOE during the opening.

Locked Shields 2024 involved the participation of 4,000 experts from more than 40 countries. They trained to protect the infrastructure of a fictional country in a simulated environment. This year’s iteration included an innovative structure and cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G technologies, reflecting current trends in the cyber defense space.

Notably, this is the first year that the NATO C2COE actively participated in Locked Shields, underscoring the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration in addressing the complex nature of cyber threats.

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Photos courtesy of NATO CCDCOE

The CCDCOE is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub offering a unique interdisciplinary approach to the most relevant issues in cyber defense. The heart of the CCDCOE is a diverse group of international experts from the military, government, academia, and industry, currently representing 39 sponsoring and contributing nations. The CCDCOE encourages and supports the process of mainstreaming cybersecurity into NATO and national governance and capability within its closely connected focus areas of technology, strategy, operations, and law. The CCDCOE is also responsible for identifying and coordinating education and training solutions in the field of cyber defense operations for all NATO bodies across the Alliance.

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