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NATO Countries Flex Cyber Defences

On 16th – 18th November, NATO will conduct a military cyber defence exercise named “Cyber Coalition 2010“. The exercise will test incident responses, inter-agency collaboration, and the decision making processes of NATO and its member states.

The exercise will include scenarios such as multiple simultaneous cyber attacks targeting NATO and NATO member states.

The NATO Headquarters International Military Staff and International Staff in Brussels, the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability Technical Centre (NCSA NCIRC TC) in Mons, Belgium, the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) in Brussels and the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) in Tallinn, Estonia, are jointly responsible for the preparation and execution of the exercise.

National cyber defence decision-making authorities, the NATO Cyber Defence Management Board and computer incident response teams from NATO and NATO nations will participate in the exercise.

Cyber Coalition 2010 is the third NATO cyber defence exercise. The first edition of the exercise in November 2008 was limited to NATO bodies. As of 2009, all NATO nations have been invited to participate.

The exercise will be managed by the Cyber Coalition 2010 core planning team at SHAPE near Mons, Belgium. All other participants will carry out the exercise from their own locations.

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