In January, Cooperative Society Keskimaa and Sonera conducted an exercise for the prevention of cyber-attacks and preparation for them together with Jyväskylä Security Technology (JYVSECTEC), JAMK University of Applied Sciences’ cybersecurity research, training and development centre.

Keskimaa’s information systems were not attacked in reality; the exercise was carried out in an environment modelled after the information systems.

– The purpose of a cybersecurity exercise is to develop the organisation’s opportunities to detect vulnerabilities in its own operations and systems,” says Jarmo Siltanen, Director of JAMK’s Institute of Information Technology.

In November, Finland took part in the NATO-led Cyber Coalition 2015 exercise for the fifth time. This is an annual cyber defence exercise. The exercise also involved participants other than NATO member countries.

The responsibility for leading the 2015 exercise lay with Allied Command Transformation (ACT), which is responsible for NATO’s development, and the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) was responsible for the practical arrangements.

Finland’s national participant group was put together under the leadership of the Ministry of Defence of Finland and included representatives of the following organisations: the Ministry of Defence, Finnish Defence Forces, National Bureau of Investigation, National Cyber Security Centre Finland and JAMK University of Applied Sciences’ Institute of Information Technology/JYVSECTEC. The national objective of the exercise was the development and rehearsing of cybersecurity co-operation both nationally and internationally with the other participants.