Exercise: CyberStorm IV [2012]

US subscribers may be more familiar with the global CyberStorm exercises, facilitated by the US government.  CyberStorm IV has been confirmed for the fall/Autumn of 2012.

CyberStorm is billed as a US-led global exercise.  It’s run by the CyberSecurity Exercise Program, part of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division.  CyberStorm exercises have been run every other year since 2006.

There’s a significant step change planned for this year.  Destructive hackers, say the organisers, are an exercise of the past: in their opinion, we should all be able to deal with those now, so they’re stepping up a gear.  Instead of one main event, there will be a series of issues played out in this ongoing scenario.

As before, there is no real code offered to ‘players’ since that would have the potential to impact real life operations!  The desktop style will continue, with injects being received by sms texts and emails.

For the Department of Homeland Security, the exercise offers a chance to test the US’s National Cyber Incident Response Plan. For everyone else, it’s a chance to participate in a sophisticated scenario funded by the US!

If you want more information, you can find it on the Cyber Security Division’s website.  Or you can just watch this space for updates!

You can read the final report from CyberStorm III here.

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