EU hosts its first cyber war games

With mock drill held in Talinn
By Kevin Eli,

Defence ministers from the European Union along with the officials of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) took part in a fake cyber attack exercise. The exercises took place in Tallinn, Estonia to respond to a mock cyber-attack against the bloc’s military structures.

The mock drill was aimed to give EU’s defence officials the opportunity to practice situational awareness, crisis management and strategic communication between its member states.

With this being the first mock drill of its kind at such a senior level in Europe, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, said the Alliance had seen a 60 percent increase in cyber attacks on its networks over the last year.

While the two-hour war game exercise, named EU CYBRID 2017 took place, the Union’s 28 defence ministers were presented with an escalating crisis during an operation in the Mediterranean Sea similar to the current Sophia naval mission against people-smuggling networks.

First a drone went down after a problem with the server at the military headquarters, then another drone was intercepted and then a more serious threat with a worm (computer virus), and then more serious still with the loss of communications with our ships in the Mediterranean,” Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

ENISA participated at the EU MoD Ministerial conference held in Tallinn, Estonia on 6th and 7th September 2017.

The mock drill was aimed to give EU’s defence officials the opportunity to practice situational awareness, crisis management and strategic communication between its member states — with the main objective of moving towards an established policy guideline to be adopted in the event of a typical cyber war situation.

The cyber war games were proposed by Estonia that has put cyber-security at the forefront of its six-month EU presidency in the backdrop of Crimea being annexed by Russia.

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