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NATO Holds 5-Day Cyber Defense Exercise; Sorin Ducaru Comments

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cybersecurityClose to 600 cybersecurity experts from across NATO member and partner countries have participated in a week-long event that sought to test the professionals’ abilities to defend computer networks against complex threats.

Austria, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Georgia, Japan and Jordan were among the countries that joined this year’s Cyber Coalition exercise held at a NATO facility in Tartu, Estonia, from Nov. 16 to 20, the alliance said Wednesday.

The annual exercise involves use of a controlled virtual environment where participants must implement strategies to counter spyware, malware and network hackers.

“As cyber threats evolve, so too must our cyber defenses,” said Sorin Ducaru, NATO assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges.

Ducaru added the alliance’s cybersecurity drill works to help increase data sharing and collaboration among government, academic and business organizations.

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