Canadian Navy Team Wins DOD’s Annual Cyber Defense Exercise

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

July 21, 2021 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defense on June 28, 2021

A team from the Royal Canadian Navy came out on top in the Defense Department’s annual Cyber Flag 21-2 training exercise, besting 430 cyber professionals from across the U.S. military’s joint services, other agencies and international partners, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said Friday.

Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone announced that Team 15 from the Royal Canadian Navy won this year’s cyber defense-focused Cyber Flag 21-2 exercise, or “Big Flag,” during the event’s virtual closing ceremony.

Royal Canadian Navy Commodore Matthew Bowen, vice J5 Multinational Partnerships and Integration at Cybercom, accepted the award on behalf of the Canada-based team.

“Cyber Flag 21-2 tested the best and brightest cyber protection teams. This exercise assessed their tactical cyber skills while collectively improving our cyber resiliency. I’d also like to congratulate the Royal Canadian Navy’s Cyber Protection Team, the winner of this year’s event,” Nakasone said.

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