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The Technical Red Teaming Exercise Crossed Swords 2022 Starts Today

The technical red-teaming exercise Crossed Swords, experimenting on the integration of offensive cyberspace operations in a modern battlefield, is executed for the 11th time today by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn.

Carry Kangur, CCDCOE Head of Cyber Exercises said: „CCDCOE continues to provide a unique full-spectrum training session in the areas of cyber red-teaming, penetration testing, digital forensics, and situational awareness.“

The exercise brings together around 120 participants from 24 countries, both from NATO and non-NATO countries and is being conducted at the exercise and training centre CR14.

Exercise uses realistic technologies and attack methods, and the scenario is inspired by events that have been seen in a range of situations, like realistic threats to national security in the current environment and are exercised within the context of a fictional scenario. This year’s scenario focuses on the cooperation and synchronization of efforts in an escalating conflict environment, in preparation for further integration of operational elements.

The exercise is organised by the CCDCOE in partnership with the Estonian Defence Forces, CR14, Clarified Security, TalTech, Stamus Networks, TalTech, Thales, Hunt & Hackett, Splunk and others.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) is a NATO-accredited military-civilian knowledge hub offering a unique interdisciplinary approach to the most relevant issues in cyber defence. The heart of the Centre is a diverse group of international experts from military, government, academia and industry, currently representing 38 nations.