Défense Conseil International (DCI) is taking part in the exercise DEFNET 2017 in partnership with Cyber Command. During the exercise, DCI is implementing several scenarios with Diateam and Cyber Test Systems. This 4th edition is focused on the cyber defence chain and on training and recruitment in this sector.

DCI, project leader for the “Manufacturers” sector at DEFNET 2017 on behalf of Cyber Command

DCI has historically been involved alongside Cyber Command in the DEFNET exercise and was once again selected to coordinate the manufacturers’ activities and construct training scenarios for large-scale attacks.

Starting from existing vulnerabilities, DCI and its partners, Diateam and Cyber Test Systems, constructed technical scenarios in specific operational environments. Beyond detecting and fixing the technical flaw, this ensures the involvement of all stakeholders (human resources, communication and also legal).

While it is true that cyber attacks are fully recognized from a technical and technological viewpoint, today it is vital that the different sectors that could be affected by a cyber attack take transverse action. This is a new focus that has been identified by Cyber Staff and for which we are deploying the appropriate exercises,” declares Jean-Michel Palagos, Chairman and CEO of DCI.

DEFNET 2017: focus on the cyber defence chain

Created in 2014, DEFNET is a joint forces exercise held once a year to validate the level of resilience and response of the different cyber defence stakeholders: armed forces, manufacturers and the educational establishment. More than 150 military personnel and 240 students from 12 universities and elite schools work for 10 days nationwide to deal with 40 cyber attack scenarios.

The exercise emphasises the necessary synergies between all the stakeholders and the training and recruitment needs for the years ahead. The multiple sectors affected in the event of a cyber attack underline the importance of promoting awareness and the emergence of new competence profiles that need to be identified, particularly among reservists.