Execution of the Exercise. Photo by Allied Command Operations
Between 16-18 November, NATO conducted Cyber Coalition 2010, a cyber defence exercise that tested cyber incident response, inter-agency collaboration, and the strategic decision making processes of NATO and its member states. Experts from the CCD COE contributed to developing the scenario and to the execution of the exercise.
Cyber Coalition 2010 was a procedural cyber defence exercise that included a number of technical elements. The scenario included multiple simultaneous cyber attacks targeting NATO and NATO member states. National cyber defence decision-making authorities, the NATO Cyber Defence Management Board and computer incident response teams from NATO and NATO nations were the participants of the exercise. Cyber Coalition 2010 was 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 was managed by the Cyber Coalition 2010 core planning team at SHAPE near Mons, Belgium. All other participants carried out the exercise from the country and location where they regularly operate.
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, were jointly responsible for the preparation and execution of the exercise.