Thursday, April 14, 2011

European Union Cyber Security Agency Calls for More Drills

To ensure its cyber security, Europe should continue to hold exercises in Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, according to ENISA, the European Union cyber security agency. This is the conclusion of ENISA's final report on "Cyber Europe 2010," which was conducted on the 4th of November, 2010. Its objective was to trigger communication and collaboration between countries in the event of large-scale cyber-attacks. Over 70 experts from the participating public bodies worked together to counter over 300 simulated hacking attacks aimed at paralysing the Internet and critical online services across Europe. During the exercise, a simulated loss of Internet connectivity between the countries took place, requiring cross-border cooperation to avoid a (simulated) total network crash.

The report underlines the need for more cyber security exercises in the future, increased collaboration between the Member States and the importance of the private sector in ensuring IT security.

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