Smartphones put to use in Locked Shields

By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 09 May, 2018

Smartphones put to use in Locked Shields

Finnish company Bittium showed off its Tough Mobile smartphone during the Locked Shields 2018 cyber defence exercise organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), held in Tallinn, Estonia, last month.

Locked Shields 2018 was the world’s largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise, involving more than 1000 experts from 30 nations.

Australia recently became a member of the CCDCOE, and sent observers to take part in Locked Shields 2018.

In the Red Team versus Blue Team exercise, the latter comprised participants of member nations of CCDCOE, who took on the role of national rapid reaction teams deployed to assist a fictional country in handling a large-scale cyber incident.

During the exercise, Bittium’s Tough Mobile and an authority PTT application enabled communications among the members of the Blue Team.

“To build resilience against cyber attacks against our critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications or power supply, we need to understand both the technical and strategic challenges that entails,” said Merle Maigre, director of the CCDCOE.

“Locked Shields underlines the need for interdisciplinary approach in cyber defence solutions,” she added.

The exercise was organised by the CCDCOE in cooperation with the Finnish Defence Forces, the Estonian Defence Forces, the Swedish Defence University, the British Joint Army, the United States European Command, National Security Research Institute of the Republic of Korea and Tallinn University of Technology.

Pictured: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during a visit to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Courtesy CCDCOE.

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