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"Cyber Shield 2018": the first cyber skills competition to put drone data security in the spotlight

Organized by Leonardo the second edition took place in Rome

The second edition of "Cyber Shield: facing the threat", a cyber security contest organised by Leonardo’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), took place yesterday at the Company’s facility in Rome.

The competition sees teams of critical infrastructure operators from national government, military and financial institutions take part in simulated reconstructions of real cyber incidents. The contest aims to improve the defensive skills of participants and bolster their readiness to face cyber-attacks, as well as providing a forum to share technical expertise and procedures and boost teamwork.

The scenario at "Cyber Shield 2018" was a first in the cyber training domain, featuring a group of criminals electronically stealing data that had been gathered by a drone. This new scenario added an extra level of challenge for the 21 four-member teams who took part. European and US companies participated remotely and representatives from governmental, military and financial institutions attended as observers.

In today’s digital world where cyber threats are increasingly pervasive and sophisticated, a new strategic model is required to defend sensitive data. The "Cyber Shield" event helps operators prepare to protect the technological and intellectual property of their organisations, both civil and military, as well as fostering collaboration and a shared approach to security.

The company considers the protection of corporate data to be a priority in achieving its objectives and those of its stakeholders. With established cyber-defence infrastructure and expertise in Italy and the UK, Leonardo is a capability partner to government agencies, companies and national and international organisations and delivers services which protect them against cyber security threats.

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