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Cyber Shield 2019

​​​​​​Cyber Shield 2019 was an international cyber security exercise being co-organized by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, and Information and Communications Technologies Authority of Turkey (ICTA), from 19 to 20 December 2019 in Ankara/Turkey. 

Cyber Shield 2019 was supported by International Telecommunication Union within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on Enhancing Trust and Confidence in the use of ICTs, adopted by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017, Buenos Aires.

The event offered a unique opportunity to participate in numerous technical activities in cyber security. Main objectives of the exercise were: 

    • to increase incident response capabilities and readiness levels,
    • to increase mutual understanding of cyber risks and associated impacts, and
    • to ensure a continued collaborative effort among international cyber security stakeholders especially national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in order to mitigate cyber threats.​

The exercise was structured around different scenarios involving most common types of cyber-attacks and in a way that communication among participating teams could be promoted. Besides, critical infrastructure protection and sophisticated cybersecurity threats that institutions and organizations may face were covered.

Cyber Shield 2019 was open to national teams consisting of representatives from national CERTs, ministries, regulators, telecommunication operators and other stakeholders in participating countries. It was highly recommended that teams consisted of four persons to accomplish all scenarios. The following skills were required to participate: Web Security, Network Security, Malware Analysis, Knowledge in Linux, Knowledge in Windows Active Directory, Familiarity with SCADA Protocols. Meeting was held in English.

Please note that each participant benefited from special support provided by the organizers, including Accommodation (at pre-arranged 5 star hotel; up to 3 nights), Airport transfer, lunches.

Further details on the Cyber Shield such as agenda, registration, travel and accommodation information was published on the web site ( Participants were kindly requested to complete the online registration form available at the event’s website until December 11th, 2019.​