HELSINKI ― Estonia will organize a strategic level cyber defense exercise in September that specifically caters to European Union (EU) defense ministers. The exercise, the first of its kind to be held at EU-level, will test the post cyberattack management strategies and overall capabilities of individual ministers.

Called EU CYBRID 2017, the strategic level table-top exercise is scheduled to take place in Tallinn on Sept. 7. The exercise is being run as part of Estonia’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The need for such a dedicated exercise is more urgent that ever, said Luik. NATO as well as European countries, he observed, face ever more aggressive security threats in cyberspace.

“There are no borders between countries or organizations on the internet. Barriers to cooperation between the European Union and NATO must be reduced to counter threats in cyberspace,” said Luik.

Significantly, the September cybersecurity exercise is happening in response to enhanced defense collaboration initiatives within the European Union. These are strategically aimed at harmonizing rules of cooperation and engagement both at EU-policy level as well as project-specific collaboration between EU states.

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