http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/28/europe-begins-its-largest-ever-cyberwar-stress-test/ By Frances Robinson The Wall Street Journal April 28, 2014 In a sign of just how seriously Europe is taking the cyber threat, more than 400 cyber security professionals from 29 countries and 200 organisations are today beginning a biannual cyber exercise coordinated by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). It is not the first time ENISA has produced this event, but this year’s will be the largest such “stress test” of the continent’s ability to withstand massive cyber-attack. The online event brings together various Cyber Security Agencies, EU bodies, Telecoms operators, tech companies and energy providers. Those involved must detect and tackle various challenges based on 16 different cyber-security incidents. The technical part of the exercise takes places in a distributed manner across all of Europe. “The incidents in Cyber Europe 2014 are very realistic, mimicking unrest and political crisis at a pan-European level, disrupting services for millions of citizens across Europe,” The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, said. “This improves the resilience of Europe’s critical information infrastructures”. […]
Per Dr. Vangelis Ouzounis, program manager of the CIIP program at ENISA, he is organizing a planned exercise to involve 21 member states to participate in a coordinated test of the response to a cyber security infrastructure event. The goal of this activity is to not only plan and highlight improvements of the response capability, but assure the public that there are reasonable steps being taken to address cyber security issues if they arise at the infrastructure level. The first phase “dry run” of the program has been completed and they are now engaging to plan the actual exercise planned to be executed in November 2010.
ENISA is chartered to be the center of information sharing for Information Security in the European Union per parliament’s Regulation (EC) No 460/2004.
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