24 juillet 2015
Brussels - 13 July, 2015 by EU Defence Agency
The official endorsement of the military requirements by the EDA Steering Board in Capability Directors composition end of June, marks the start of the cyber ranges project. Its scope is to improve the usage of existing and future cyber ranges for conducting cyber defence training, exercises & testing. This should improve cyber resilience and raise the levels of awareness, insight and expertise of national and EU personnel.
The EU Cyber Security Strategy recognises cyber defence as one of its strategic priorities. The military requirements on cyber defence capabilities are inter alia to prepare for, prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from cyber-attacks. In June 2012, the EDA made an initial proposal for cooperative cyber defence training, exercises and testing under the Pooling & Sharing agenda.
Interoperability of cyber ranges will have a positive effect on cooperation among operational cyber defence systems, organisations and processes, thereby improving the effectiveness and efficiency of CSDP operations and multinational exercises.
The project will be carried out under the EU Pooling & Sharing agenda and aims at:
Increasing availability of existing cyber range facilities;
Increasing occupation rate and efficiency of existing cyber ranges and platforms;
Mainstreaming and improving cyber defence training, exercises & testing at European level.
The military requirements approved now describe the way ahead through an EDA ad hoc project on cyber ranges in a spiral approach until 2018 (full operational capability). The concrete project arrangements are expected to be agreed by the working group by late 2015. The implementation and realisation phase is likely to start early 2016.
25 mars 2014
Brussels - 24 March, 2014 European Defence Agency
A pilot Decision-Making Exercise on Cyberspace Crisis Management will take place in Lisbon in May 2014. The pilot exercise aims to prepare strategic leaders for situations involving a major cyber-attack.
With an increasing amount of critical infrastructure - as well as military and government activities - now online the threat of cyber-attacks is growing every day. For this reason, at the European Council meeting in December 2013, Cyber was recognised as one of four key capabilities for future EDA activity.
The pilot exercise in Lisbon aims to prepare strategic leaders with the experience and structures necessary to deal with a cyberspace crisis. The exercise will help increase awareness and contribute to a better understanding of emerging cyberspace challenges and threats.
Used to develop further training courses
One of the aims of the pilot is to help to develop a coherent conceptual toolkit that could be used in assessing current and future decision-making frameworks and could be used in future training plans. This could include the development of a repository of ‘off-the-shelf’ training courses, exercises, and scenarios that Member States could use in the future.
EU Cyber Security Strategy
The pilot was developed under the EU Cyber Security Strategy which identified the improvement of leadership, training, and exercises as a key activity for cyber security efforts in the EU. This was reinforced by the results of an EDA study in 2012 that found shortcomings in Cyber Security training and exercises of all 20 Member States who took part.
The European Council in December called for the EDA to develop a roadmap for cyber defence as well as concrete projects focused on training and exercises, improving civil/military cooperation, and the protection of assets in EU missions and operation.