The Hill reports that NATO's Communication and Information Agency has commenced its yearly Locked Shields cyber defense simulation, which involves technical training for NATO members' and allies' cybersecurity teams in an effort to bolster their networks' and critical infrastructures' cyber defenses. This year's cyber wargame simulation comes amid the growing threat of Russian cyberattacks against the West amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. "Exercises like Locked Shields provide opportunities for both the offense and the defense to hone their skills. Given the war in Ukraine and the threat posed by Russian cyber activities, it’s important for NATO to exercise its cyber capabilities," said Cyber Threat Alliance President and CEO Michael Daniel. Countries participating in the program are expected to better prepare for adversaries' cyberattacks through learning their tactics and thought processes, according to Optiv VIce President James Turgal. "It’s critical to understand where your vulnerabilities are but more importantly how you are going to respond," he added.