MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) are holding Locked Shields 24 at the West Virginia University Coliseum.

Locked Shields 24 is considered the most complex live-fire cyber exercise and includes 40 nations and 3,000 people from around the world participating in real time.

In Morgantown, 190 cyber experts, including professionals from the Department of Defense and federal and state agencies, along with participants from WVU and Marshal University, reacted to a large-scale cyber incident. The realistic scenario provides an opportunity for participants to respond to the threat in a controlled training environment.

WVU and Marshal University are partners with JFHQ-DODIN and U.S. Cyber Command to establish the National Center of Excellence for Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructure in the Mountain State, which is set to break ground later this year in Huntington.

A companion operation is under development at WVU.