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NATO Holds Annual Cyber Defense Exercise 41

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-about-a-nice-game-of-chess? dept.
Bismillah writes about NATO's annual Locked Shields cyber defense exercises. "The Western European and North American mutual defence pact organisation NATO has concluded an annual cyber defence exercise, defending a fictitious network against incoming attacks. Called Locked Shields 2013, the exercise involved 250 people in eleven locations around Europe, under the auspices of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD-COE), the Finnish and Estonian Defence Forces and two government IT security organisations in the Baltic country."
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NATO Holds Annual Cyber Defense Exercise

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  • by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday April 28, 2013 @10:25PM (#43578007)
    FTFA ..."For two days the Red Team launched attacks against the Blue Teamsâ(TM) networks and they had to defend, report and keep their systems running. ...NATO's Blue Team were declared the winners of the this year's exercise."

    Would have been better to have the 'red team' made up of a bunch of hardened cyber criminals. Crackers, if you like. This sort of thing smacks of testing being done by developers.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Blue teams servers were on a private network not accessible to Red Team, then they'd be network professionals.

      If there's no battlefield, there's no battle.

    • Re:Team members ... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by cheater512 (783349) <nick@nickstallman.net> on Sunday April 28, 2013 @11:00PM (#43578125) Homepage

      Would have been better if the Red Team was the entire world.

      They could announce the IP block they would be using to the world and anyone could throw anything they wanted at it with no fear of prosecution.
      The Blue Team would then actually have a real challenge on their hands.

      • by Fluffeh (1273756)

        Would have been better if the Red Team was the entire world.

        They could announce the IP block they would be using to the world and anyone could throw anything they wanted at it with no fear of prosecution.
        The Blue Team would then actually have a real challenge on their hands.

        And how on earth are the good (Blue Team) guys going to win in this sort of scenario?

        The point of this whole setup is as much to say "Our defences are good. We have nothing to worry about" as it is to test for some abvious intrusion method or problem. If they run this in a test, then get hammered in a months time then they can say (with legitimacy hehe) "The ememy used a SOPHISTICATED! attack method..." which we were totally unprepared for.

        • "They bludgeoned us to death with blunt hammers"

          If the test is there to actually learn stuff (and not just to tick a box) then testing whether sensitive networks are safe kinda means you have to plug them in to the internet.

          If it isn't a internet connected network then the headline should be "Breaking News: Completely isolated network deemed inaccessible from the Internet"

      • I suspect what would happen is that there would be a DDOS attack on day one and the whole exercise would be pointless since the only thing compromised would be the internet gateways to those IPs.

    • Sadly, your quote is about all the article says about what happened.

      For all we know, they were sitting there playing Core War all weekend. Which would be interesting, but perhaps not useful.
  • do you want to play a game?

  • by OhANameWhatName (2688401) on Sunday April 28, 2013 @11:21PM (#43578221)

    defending a fictitious network against incoming attacks

    I bet the network was named:

    Computer
    Hookup
    Imitating
    Network
    Attacks

    :)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    1) Ethernet Jacks
    2) 50 Yard Dashboard
    3) Calves and Quadricores
    4) Weights and Load Balancing
    5) Integrated Circuit Training

  • So this is essentially a hackathon? Please, correct me if I am wrong...

    • by hene (866198)
      No! It was coordinated exercise. Like NATO newer publicly admitted if red team had won.
  • The blue team win. I am surprised that network can be secured against determined state-sponsored attacker. I suspect red team did not try very hard.

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