S. Korea’s spy agency set to join NATO-led cyber defense drill for 4th straight year

South Korea's spy agency said Monday it will participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led annual cyber defense exercise for the fourth consecutive year. The National Intelligence Service (NIS), along with 10 other South Korean institutions, including the Korean Army and the Ministry of Unification, will collaborate with counterparts from Ireland for this year's Locked Shields exercise, running from Monday to Friday, according to the NIS. Locked Shields is an annual cyber defense exercise led by 39 member nations of NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence to bolster their joint response system against cyber threats. "Ireland is a newcomer to this year's exercise but it has demonstrated competitiveness as an IT power," the NIS said, noting it will strengthen bilateral ties with the European nation through this exercise. The South Korea-Ireland team plans to focus on their response to fake news and other global cyber issues this year, the NIS explained. Source: Yonhap New s Agency