South Korea to join US-led multinational cyber defense exercise

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South Korea will participate for the first time this year in a multinational cyber defense exercise led by the United States.

Seoul is seeking to strengthen its cyber cooperation with the United States and other allies through its participation in exercise.

According South Korean Minister of Defense Kang Dae-Sikthe nation will send more than 20 personnel to the cyber exercise, scheduled for October in Virginia.

Called Cyber ​​Flag, the exercise is an annual training event hosted by US Cyber ​​Command to improve the preparedness of the United States and its allies in identifying and responding to malicious attacks online. .

In addition to South Korea, cyber defense units from Canada, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom are expected to participate.

Expand cyber cooperation

South Korea’s decision to participate in the exercise comes after President Yoon Suk Yeol held a meeting with the US President Joe Biden to discuss cybersecurity.

Cooperation with the United States would help the country meet ever-changing technical challenges.

Among these challenges is the fight against cyber threats posed by North Korea.

As part of their cooperation, the two countries will hold a consultation on cyber policy twice a year and strengthen their coordination in cybercrime investigations.

Military personnel performing cyber operations as part of Exercise Cyber ​​Flag. Photo: US Army

Join the NATO Cyber ​​Exercise

In addition to participating in the Cyber ​​Flag, South Korea also plans to join NATO’s largest annual cyber defense exercise, the Cyber ​​Coalition, next year.

The exercise, launched by NATO’s Warfare Development Command, aims to strengthen collaboration between participating nations to counter and defend against threats “in and through cyberspace”.

“Our military seeks to strengthen cooperation between South Korean and US military authorities and actively participate in multinational exercises to respond to growing cyber threats,” Kang said. The Korean Herald.

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