The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence provided technical and legal storylines focusing on the internet of things and international law applicable to cyber space to NATO’s Cyber Coalition 2016 exercise. The Centre’s contribution addressed the fundamental issues of digital forensics and attribution.
“The Centre’s work at Cyber Coalition has always kept up with the forefront of technology,” emphasized Deividas Stumbras, training and exercise expert at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “Our technical storyline focused on SmartTV because the vulnerabilities of current smart devices are often overlooked. These are perfect targets for adversaries – computers disguised as domestic devices avoid security checks, do not have antivirus and so on.”
One of the NATO CCD COE’s storylines showcased how videos are secretly captured and sent to internet through a SmartTV, in line with recent reports of “TV spying.” “Focusing on smart device security allowed participating teams to have a hands-on experience of embedded operating system forensics,” Stumbras said.
The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a community of like-minded nations staffed by educators, researchers, advisers, analysts providing a 360-degree look at cyber defence with expertise in the areas of technology, strategy, operations and law. The Tallinn-based international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary applied research, as well as consultations, training and exercises in the field of cyber security.
Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States are signed on as Sponsoring Nations of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Austria and Finland have become Contributing Participants, a status available for non-NATO nations.