NATO launches exercise to beef up cyber defence

NATO's Tallinn-based cyber defence centre on Monday launched a three-day exercise involving European IT and legal experts in a bid to beef up cyber defence skills through gaming.

The "Locked Shields 2012" initiative involves cyber battles between two teams, Kristiina Pennar, a spokeswoman for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence told AFP.

IT and legal experts from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and NATO are taking part.

Created in October 2008, the NATO cyber centre was set up in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

The tiny ex-Soviet Baltic republic of 1.3 million which joined both NATO and the European Union in 2004 is internationally renowned for being IT savvy and counts among the world's most wired nations.

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