CESNET Forensic Laboratory Experts Were Members of the Winning Team at the Locked Shields 2017 Security Exercise

Prague, 3rd May 2017. Two experts from the CESNET Forensic Laboratory (FLAB), Radoslav Bodó and Michal Kostěnec, were members of the Czech Team, winning the largest and most comprehensive technical exercise focused on cybernetic security, Locked Shields 2017, at the end of April. The event consisted of nearly 900 experts from 25 countries. There were 3000 virtual systems participating in the exercise and 2500 attacks were made during it.

Cyber exercises represent an important part of the training of security teams and individuals responsible for management and protection of networks, services and users, improving their response to emerging problems and developing not only their skills but also communication, fast and correct decision-making ability and capability to choose a specific approach at the right moment. From the long-term perspective participation in exercises is also one of the key pillars of providing security and protection of the domestic national e-infrastructure named CESNET. The CESNET association has been dealing with cyber security for many years, representing the pinnacle in this area in the Czech as well as European context.

Locked Shields belong among the best but also most difficult international exercises. We are pleased that the government’s CERT team GovCERT.CZ, acting as a coordinator for the Czech Republic, approaches structuring of the team in an open way, inviting leading security experts from many organizations to participate. I believe that it was also this strategy, leading to the setting up of a very strong team, which contributed to this year’s victory of the Czech Republic. We are happy that two members of our Forensic Laboratory had the opportunity to become members of the team,” says Andrea Kropáčová, Head of the Support Services and Security Department of CESNET.

About Locked Shields

This exercise has been organized since 2010 by NATO CCD COE, accredited research and training facility of NATO, providing education services and consulting, ensuring experience sharing, and performing research and education in the cyber security area. At the moment the CCD COE members are Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA. From the non-NATO countries, the members include Finland and Austria, with Sweden applying for the same status. This year has been organized in cooperation with defence forces of Estonia and Finland, the Swedish Defence University, the British Army, the United States European Command (EUCOM), the Analysis and Simulation Centre for Air Operations (CASPOA) Centre of Excellence, and Tallinn University of Technology.

More details on the exercise can be found in the official press release (in Czech).

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. Thanks to its research activities and accomplishments, it represents the Czech Republic in important international projects, particularly in building the pan-European GÉANT network project or grid projects (EGI.eu), and actively participates in their implementation. CESNET puts great emphasis on the security of network operations, services and user protection.

Last change: 14.11.2017