Cyber Storm 111 – U.S. Tests Plan for Cyber Attack

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The Dept. of Homeland Security’s Cyber Storm 111 drill began today and thousands of both government and industry employees will take part in the exercise which will test our country’s ability to respond to cyber attacks perpetrated by mock enemies who’d seek to damage our infrastructure, shut down our banks or take over our government computers. According to Reuter’s, Cyber Storm 111 will involve 11 states, 12 foreign countries and 60 private companies. This is cyber play only and no real systems will come to any harm.

An analyst prepares for the Cyber Storm III, a three-to four-day drill at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) just outside Washington, DC in Arlington, Virginia, September 24, 2010. The United States is launching its first test of a new blueprint for responding to an enemy cyber blitz, including any aimed at vital services such as power, water and banks. The photo was taken on September 24 but barred from publication until September 28, 2010 by agreement with journalists given a rare access to the 24-hour watch and warning hub. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SCI TECH POLITICS) Are we vulnerable to a cyber attack like the Stuxnet worm that’s now plaguing Iran? Maybe when this drill is finished we’ll better know where we stand. A previous test, Cyber Storm 11, was conducted in 2008 and the results don’t inspire confidence. CNET says that the final report on that drill found that “many participants weren’t familiar enough with the roles and responsibilities of each organization”  and  “didn’t know how to access or use the tools available to them.”  Let’s hope we’ve come along way since 2008.

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