From: NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

1500 virtualised systems are deployed during Locked Shields 2016. The virtualized Blue Team networks are custom-built and include a variety of services and platforms.

Locked Shields 2016 is organised in cooperation with the Estonian Defence Forces, the Finnish Defence Forces, the Swedish Defence College, the British Army, the United States European Command, and numerous other partners.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE) is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think-tank and training facility. The international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development, as well as consultations, trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security. The Centre’s mission is to enhance capability, cooperation and information-sharing between NATO, Allies and partners in cyber defence. Membership of the Centre is open to all Allies. Currently, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States have signed on as Sponsoring Nations of the Centre. Austria and Finland have become Contributing Participants – the status available for non-NATO nations.

Media briefing, walk-through of the exercise and interviews with key experts will take place on April 20th at 13.00-14.30 with optional access to the Estonian Blue Team organized for 15.00 that afternoon. For accreditation and access to the briefing,  please send details (name as it appears in the passport, citizenship, passport/ID card number, list of technical equipment) noting if you would like to visit the Estonian Blue Team, to Krislyn Tõrs (krislyn.tors [at] Media accreditation deadline is 12.00 on Monday, April 18th. More information about Locked Shields is available on