Exercise Crossed Swords 2020 Reached New Levels of Multinational and Interdisciplinary Cooperation


The 6th iteration of the annual cyber exercise Crossed Swords in Riga, Latvia, brought together more than 120 technical experts, Cyber Commands´ members, Special Forces operators and military police.

Organized jointly by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) and CERT.LV, Crossed Swords has evolved from a purely technical red teaming workshop into a one of a kind training event combining different technical skills with kinetic force and taking place in several locations simultaneously. The exercise plays out a number of mutually intertwined kinetic and cyber operations. The focus is on advancing cyber Red Team members’ skills in preventing, detecting and responding to an adversary in the context of full-scale cyber operations.

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Source: CCDCOE