South Korea and Ireland Team Up for NATO Cyber Defense Exercise

South Korea's NIS joins NATO's Locked Shields cyber defense exercise with Ireland, highlighting global cooperation against evolving cyber threats.

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South Korea and Ireland Team Up for NATO Cyber Defense Exercise

South Korea and Ireland Team Up for NATO Cyber Defense Exercise

South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) will participate in the NATO-led annual Locked Shields cyber defense exercise for the fourth consecutive year. The NIS, along with 10 other Korean institutions, will collaborate with counterparts from Ireland for this year's exercise, which runs from Monday to Friday.

The Korea-Ireland team plans to focus on their response to fake news and other global cyber issues during the exercise. Ireland is a newcomer to Locked Shields, which is led by 39 member nations of NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence to bolster their joint response system against cyber threats.

Locked Shields is the world's largest cybersecurity exercise, organized by the NATO Center of Excellence for Cyber Defense in Estonia. The exercise involves over 4,000 experts from more than 40 countries and tasks participants with protecting the infrastructure of a fictional nation and its country in near-real-world conditions.

Why this matters: The collaboration between South Korea and Ireland in the Locked Shields exercise highlights the growing importance of international cooperation in addressing global cyber threats. As cyber attacks become increasingly sophisticated and widespread, nations must work together to develop robust defense strategies and share best practices.

The NIS stated that this exercise will strengthen bilateral ties between South Korea and Ireland. For the first time, Ukraine will also take part in the 2024 edition of the exercise, underscoring the expanding scope and significance of Locked Shields in the face of evolving cyber challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • South Korea's NIS to participate in NATO's Locked Shields cyber defense exercise.
  • NIS and 10 other Korean institutions to collaborate with Ireland for this year's exercise.
  • Locked Shields is the world's largest cybersecurity exercise, involving over 4,000 experts.
  • Collaboration highlights growing importance of international cooperation in addressing cyber threats.
  • Ukraine to participate in the 2024 edition of Locked Shields for the first time.