Cyber security focus of US exercise

June 27, 2016

Sixteen members of the military have spent the past week and a half participating in a cyber security exercise in the United States.

The exercise, Cyber Flag, runs until Thursday and is based at the defence facility in Suffolk, Virginia.

It is New Zealand’s third year participating in Five Eyes exercise which simulating cyber attacks – and follows a White Paper saying the Defence Force will develop new cyber support capability.

Wing Commander Rhys Taylor, head of the New Zealand contingent, said his team had been holding its own against experienced operators.

The work was similar to what they did at home and used the same equipment, he said.

“It’s a chance to increase those skills, there’s so much we can do that we can’t do back in New Zealand.”

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