Dec 6 2021
Cyber Coalition 2021 concludes in Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia - NATO concluded its largest annual cyber defence exercise, Cyber Coalition 2021, which involved cyber defenders from 26 NATO Allies, as well as partners Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland, alongside participants from industry and academia, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
"We achieved an exciting number of firsts: we were sited in a brand new venue, the excellent Cyber Range at Tallinn; we had more exercise content hosted on the range than ever before; in contrast to last year, we achieved a full physical execution against the backdrop of COVID-19; our experimentation programme was increasingly sophisticated. Year on year, exercise Cyber Coalition remains a key contributor to warfare capability development through the setting of ambitious fresh goals, since as we know 'Non progredi est regredi,
' to not go forward is to go backward," said Commander Graeme Rook, Cyber Coalition 2021 Exercise Director, Royal Navy.
The Allied Command Transformation-led annual exercise Cyber Coalition tests and trains cyber defenders from across the Alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks. The 2021 scenarios increased readiness for real-life cyber challenges – including attacks on gas supply pipelines; attacks disrupting the deployment of troops and logistics; and attacks on vaccination programmes.
The collective nature of Cyber Coalition 2021 improved individual, organisational, and national cyber resilience.
"At the Warsaw Summit in 2016, NATO recognized Cyberspace as an operational domain. The vision was clear, NATO must defend itself in cyberspace as effectively as it does in the air, on land or at sea. The Cyber Coalition Exercise is NATO's principal venue [to] test and transform our cyber capabilities and defend critical infrastructure," said Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Philippe Lavigne, French Air and Space Force.
NATO Allies bear the primary responsibility for their national cyber defences, but they are interconnected and NATO cyber defences are only as strong as the weakest link. This triggered NATO Allies to pledge to strengthen their cyber defences as a matter of priority. NATO is supporting Allies in this effort through exercises like Cyber Coalition which improve interoperability and resilience of cyber capabilities.
Approximately 1,000 individuals participated in this year's event, which began Nov. 29 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office