Regional training on “Designing and Executing Cybersecurity Exercises”

The Latin America and Caribbean Cyber Competence Centre (LAC4) in Santo Domingo started the new training year with a regional seminar focused on the foundations of designing and executing cybersecurity exercises.

  • By Liina Areng, Regional Programme Lead, EU CyberNet

The seminar provided the methodology and knowledge for developing, preparing, conducting, and evaluating cybersecurity exercises. It also offered the participants hands-on experiences in all stages of exercise design and implementation cycle (preparation and planning, execution, and after actions) by engaging them in individual and group activities. The aim of the training was to improve the theoretical understanding of the topics as well as using the skills in action.

One of the highlights of the seminar was a practical scenario-based table-top exercise, where all participants had the opportunity to experience the stress and pressure of decision-making during a real-life cyber crisis. The training concluded with developing an exercise concept applicable in participants’ home environments.

The seminar featured instructors from Estonia and Germany – Lauri Luht, Head of National Situation Centre at the Government Office of Estonia; Sille Laks, Cyber Exercises Manager at Clarified Security; Sebastian Cymutta, Law Researcher from NATO CCD COE and Wolfgang Röhrig, Head of Information Superiority Unit at the European Defence Agency.

The training was attended by current and future exercise developers and leaders from 8 Caribbean countriesAntigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Curaçao, Dominica, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The training was organised by the EU CyberNet together with the Cyber4Dev project, and in cooperation with CARICOM IMPACS.

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