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NATO enhanced Forward Presence troops conduct a cyber-focused exercise in Estonia

This week, NATO enhanced Forward Presence UK contingent is conducting the CYBER FOG exercise to train responding to cyber threats impacting the troops deployed to Estonia.

According to NATO eFP Commander, Colonel Paul Clayton as we approach the NATO anniversary and look back on our achievements as an collective Alliance for the last 70 years, it is equally important to look ahead and ensure our people are ready to operate in the cyber and hybrid age of operations. “In Exercise CYBER FOG, we have tested our ability to identify, adapt and respond to the threats that we could face to ensure our operational resilience. We are committed to work in full cooperation with our NATO Allies, to support our shared objectives through our presence in Estonia and will integrate the lessons from this exercise across all domains of our activity,” Colonel Clayton added.

During the exercise, the training audience focused on developing an understanding of the Critical National Infrastructure supporting their mission, practice incident-handling procedures for impacts coming from cyber-attacks, exercise providing essential stability to the local populace, and improve their understanding of the cyberspace and electromagnetic effects on operational level planning processes and how to mitigate hostile actions.

The exercise is conducted in Estonia in cooperation with the NATO CCDCOE and Guardtime. In addition, the Estonian Ministry of Defence and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as various headquarters both from Estonia and UK are involved either in the supporting or observing role.

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