Cyber Fort III, which recently took place at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Was a bilateral, keyboard practice exercise between US Cyber Command and France’s Cyber Defense Forces Command designed to tackle the challenges posed by advanced persistent threats and ensure common defense in cyberspace.
“As cyberthreats continue to evolve at an increasingly rapid rate, it is imperative that like-minded nations work together to ensure our common defense with the speed, agility and unity of effort needed to deal with ever-growing cyber threats, ”said Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, USCYBERCOM Director of J5 Plans and Policy.
Bringing together cyber warriors from two countries and involving more than 70 participants, 400 simulated users, 450 simulated networks and subnets and 1000 different simulated systems, The exercise simulated the relevant tactics, techniques and procedures of advanced persistent threats.
“We need to work with important allies like France to ensure that malicious actors are denied the opportunity to operate with impunity,” Berg stressed.
State actors, criminal organizations and terrorists all constitute a–threat to nations. Berg reiterated the importance of training and partnerships for cyber defense, now and in the future.
“The Cyber Fort III bilateral exercise continued to demonstrate the importance of the partnership with the French Cyber Defense Force Command, and we look forward to continuing our partnership to meet the cyber defense challenges of the 21st century.