U.S. launches 'Cyber Storm III' to test cyber-blitz response

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 06:36 Hrs
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Bangalore: As per the plan to respond to enemy cyber attacks, the U.S. has begun the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Storm III, a three- to four-day drill. The exercise, in which thousands of both government and industry employees will take part, is to test the country's ability to respond to any enemy cyber-blitz that may include attacks aimed at key services like power, water and banks.

According to Reuters, Cyber Storm III will involve 11 states, 12 foreign countries and 60 private companies. The major objectives behind it are to boost preparedness, examine incident response and enhance information-sharing among federal, state, international and private-sector partners.

Brett Lambo, the Exercise Director said that Cyber Storm III involves simulated harm only, not real impact on any network.

Industry sectors like information technology, communications, energy and banking and finance are currently represented at the 24-hour watch and warning hub, said Sean McGurk, the DHS official.

Cyber Storm III is the third exercise organized by the federal government to assess its cyber defenses. Cyber Storm I, launched in 2006, attempted to see how government and the private sector would join together to respond to a cyber attack. In 2008, it was Cyber Storm II that was focused on hacking attempts, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and false intelligence information.

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