A huge achievement of the Polish cyber experts in the Locked Shields 2023! Polish National Blue Team – which I was a part of – is among the best in the world, coming 3rd in the NATO CCDCOE’s cyber defense exercise.

Locked Shields, which took place on April 18-21, is an annual NATO CCDCOE cyber defense exercise designed to test and improve the preparedness of member nations and partners against large-scale cyber-attacks.

It enables cyber security experts to enhance their skills in defending national IT systems and critical infrastructure under real-time attacks. Their task this year was to defend the fictional country Berylia, experiencing a deteriorating security situation. 

Teams worked under a lot of pressure, at a high pace and dynamics to fight off a series of sophisticated hacking attacks carried out by the organizers.

Over 8 thousand real-time cyberattacks were aimed at military and energy systems, water treatment installations, 5G telephony and air defense systems. One of the most critical components that the Blue Teams had to defend was the financial sector – an integral part of a country’s critical infrastructure.

Over 3 thousand experts from 38 countries participated in this year’s Locked Shields exercises.

The Polish National Team was the best in categories related to reporting information on threats (Cyber Threat Intelligence) and reporting irregularities to the so-called Green Team. It also achieved the highest score in the service availability category.

Hats off to the Polish National Team with the lead from Cyberspace Defense Forces.

This post will not be related to technical stuff.

You don’t need to read it if you don’t want, but if you decide please try to donate a charity collection for my father’s illness treatment.

The year 2021 started very badly and very well for me.
Why I have put I in here two options?

From a professional point of view, on FEB 1st, I was awarded MVP title, and my old ‘small’ dream come true, but literally on the same day (there is only a small group of people who knows that), my personal life collapsed – my parents received the worst possible information that my father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) illness.

For the first month, I could not celebrate my award as my full focus during the private time was on my parents. I took a couple of days off from my work to stabilize everything. But with ALS, there is no such thing as stabilization, and this illness is progressing very fast. My father is unable to walk without orthopedic crutches. Even with them, there are ‘the last’ steps that he can make. And this is the biggest problem for me – I’m unable to tell my father that it will be good, that he will recover.

You might already understand how serious this illness is. The next step will be a wheelchair and then only a bed without the possibility to move.
As I said above I have put all my attention to parents to support them from the mental, financial, and physical side but everyone and everything has some limits.

Due to those ‘facts’, I have made some I made some actions like charity collection, selling what I possess and will allow me to support treatment process (even my old car is on sale)

In the last 10 years, there were two similar situations when my sister and after that my mother were diagnosed with cancer. Those cases end up in the best way – they won the battle with cancer. It wasn’t easy, but there were small chances (less than 20%) to win this battle.

Unfortunately, my family has to face hard times 3rd time, but we all know that there are no chances that this illness will retreat.
If you want to support me in those hard times, please share this link with your friends.

Me, My parents, My sister are very grateful for any support.