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Kiwi team in 'Five Eyes' cyber exercise

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

Kiwi defence experts are practising how to defend against military cyber-attacks as part of exercises by the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing coalition.

The 12 New Zealand defence personnel have joined 2,000 colleagues from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States to take part in Exercises Cyber Guard and Cyber Flag in Virginia.

Running from June 6-30, the exercises focus on how New Zealand and its allies respond to cyber attacks against internet networks and infrastructure.

"As the global ransomware attack in May has shown, no country is safe from cyber-attacks in our digitally interconnected world," the acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Air Commodore, Kevin McEvoy said.

"An effective cyber response is a team response. We need to partner with allied nations to defend our respective networks, so building good relationships through training is important."

This is the fourth consecutive year the New Zealand Defence Force has participated in Exercise Cyber Flag, which started in 2010.

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