Monday, March 3, 2008

Cyber Storm II

My previous post on 2006's Cyber Storm exercise was apparently more timely than I realized. Cyber Storm II is on its way:
During the second week of March, nine states, four foreign governments, 18 federal agencies and 40 private companies will participate in Cyber Storm II — a weeklong simulation designed to better prepare the players for cyberattacks. DHS, FBI and the Defense Department are among the federal agencies that will participate.
A source familiar with the planning of the exercise said that this year’s simulation exercises could include elements of organized crime, terrorism or a hacking attempt driven by political goals.

“We are looking at a more sophisticated scenario this time around,” he said. “It’s going to be quite an event.”
Hopefully there will be more information available about the exercise sometime soon. Presumably they will caution participants before the exercise about not mounting attacks on the computers running the simulation, to avoid a repeat of last time.

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