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The joint cyberspace command participates in the Ibero-American Cyber Defence Forum in Brasilia

Brasilia, Brazil
October 4, 2023
  • - Brazil hosts the first regular session of the VI Forum coinciding with the fifth edition of the exercise "Cyber Guardian 5.0".

The Chief of Staff of the Joint Cyberspace Command (MCCE), Captain José Ángel Hernández Rodriguez, represented the Commander of the MCCE at the first ordinary session of the VI Ibero-American Cyber Defence Forum (FIC), hosted at the Cyber Defence Command located in "Forte Marechal Rondon", Brasilia.

Chaired by General Alan Denilson Lima Costa, the FIC member countries continued to reaffirm their commitment to cooperation and information exchange on cyber security. Among other issues discussed were the imminent launches of a "MISP" (Malware Information Sharing Platform) for FIC members, the sharing of training between countries, the establishment of a remote incident assistance mechanism and Spain's offer to participate in a combined team for the Locked Shields 24 drill.

The Spanish delegation took the initiative to invite those present to two events scheduled in Madrid on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the EU: a meeting with EU Cyber Commanders (CyberCo) on 25th October; and attendance as observers at the MIC exercise (operational phase), led by the EDA, on 26th October.

The Forum is an initiative that started in 2016 in Madrid, during a meeting of the cyber defence delegations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Spain. Afterwards, Uruguay, Guatemala, Portugal and the Dominican Republic joined. Its objective is to encourage mutual assistance in personnel training, to promote participation in workshops and drills, as well as to establish procedures for support in research, development and innovation.

The representatives at the CIF had the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Cyber Guardian (CG 5.0) exercise, the largest exercise in the southern hemisphere, in which more than 110 civilian and military organisations are participating this time, with a total of 520 participants.

This exercise, reserved for Brazilian entities and organisations, included lectures on planning and organisation, as well as the possibility of experiencing in situ the work of the various sectoral teams and attending a session of the crisis cabinet organised for the political-strategic level.