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
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.
event offered a unique opportunity to participate in numerous technical
activities in cyber security. Main objectives of the
- to increase
incident response capabilities and readiness levels,
increase mutual understanding of cyber risks and associated impacts, and
ensure a continued collaborative effort among international cyber security
stakeholders especially national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in
order to mitigate cyber threats.
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.
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.
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.
details on the Cyber Shield such as agenda, registration, travel and
accommodation information was published on the web site (www.cybershield.gov.tr). Participants were kindly requested to complete the online registration form available at the
event’s website until December 11th, 2019.