On October 30th to 31st the fourth and last NATO Cyber Coalition exercise 2018 planning conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference was a culmination of the yearlong preparations of this 11th iteration of the exercise.

Both the representatives of NATO member and partner countries and the representatives of the NATO, EU, and CCDCOE bodies gathered in Prague. Among other things, they were tasked to prepare a scenario and content of the exercise in a way which would reflect contemporary trends and threats in cyber security. Concerning the rapid evolution in this field, evoking such a realistic environment is one of the greatest challenges.

The Czech Republic counts as regular participant of the NATO Cyber Coalition exercise. It is one of the largest and the most important cyber security exercises which usually hosts around 900 experts from 27 member and partner countries, and other institutions. Representatives of academia and the private sector also participate as they play a key role in cyber security not only during the exercise but also in the real world. The content of the Cyber Coalition exercise consists of solving the cyber security incidents occurring across the countries and particular sectors and sharing the information with each other.

In the Czech Republic, the civilian level of this exercise is coordinated by NCISA while the military level is coordinated by the Ministry of Defence. However, the invitations go to representatives of various public institutions. It is in line with the so-called „whole-of-government“ Czech approach to ensuring cyber security.

We are very thankful to the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs for hosting the event in the unique premises of the Czernin Palace.

NATO CC plane Praha 2