Estonia to conduct the first cyber defence exercise for defence ministers

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  • 26/07/2017 19:59

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Minister for Defence Jüri Luik and Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency Jorge Domecq
Minister for Defence Jüri Luik met in Brussels with the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency Jorge Domecq (photo: Estonian Defense Ministry)

As a part of the programme for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Estonia is organising a strategic level table-top exercise 'EU CYBRID 2017' on cyber defence for the EU defence ministers in Tallinn. EU CYBRID 2017 is organised in cooperation with the European Defence Agency and the objective of the exercise is to put ministers to the test in dealing with the aftermath of a cyber-attack.

At his meeting with the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency Jorge Domecq in Brussels, Minister for Defence Jüri Luik discussed how to apply the conclusions drawn from the strategic level table-top exercise in policy planning.

While this training exercise will be held in the EU format, Minister Luik is hoping that the training exercise will bring to the forefront the scope of the responsibility of the European Union and NATO, and the situations in which their cooperation is necessary.

"There are no borders between countries or organisations on the Internet, and when it comes to countering threats on the internet, barriers between European Union and NATO cooperation must be reduced," said Minister Luik.

The Minister for Defence thanked Jorge Domecq for the European Defence Agency’s support for the exercise.

The strategic level table-top exercise EU CYBRID 2017 for European Union defence ministers will take place on 7 September, in Tallinn, and is the first event of its kind. EU CYBRID 2017 will focus on situational awareness, crisis response mechanisms and strategic communication. 

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