European Security Experts Join for Cyber Attack Simulation
October 5, 2012 10:11 AM
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Simulation involved 400 security experts
Over the last two years, the potential for
high-profile cyber crime
has increased significantly. There have been a number of very high-profile cases where sensitive personal (and business) data was
compromised in cyber attacks
. Now, hundreds of experts in cyber security across the European Union are currently participating in a daylong simulation to combat cyber attacks.
The cyber security simulation took place yesterday and was called Cyber Europe 2012. The cyber security exercises included 400 experts from major financial institutions, telecommunications companies, internet service providers, local governments, and national governments across Europe. The exercise had the experts facing over 1,200 separate cyber incidents including 30,000 e-mails during a simulated DDoS campaign.
The exercise was designed to test how the security experts would respond and cooperate in the event of a massive cyber attack against public and corporate computer systems in Europe. The planners of the exercise say that if the attacks were real, they could cause massive disruption for millions of citizens in Europe and have the potential to cause millions of euros in damage to the economy.
European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes said, "This is the first time banks and internet companies have been part of an EU-wide cyber-attack exercise. This cooperation is essential given the growing scale and sophistication of cyber-attacks. Working together at European level to keep the internet and other essential infrastructures running is what today's exercise is all about."
Experts from the World Economic Forum estimate that in the next decade, there is a 10% risk of a major critical information infrastructure incident with the potential to cause €200 billion in economic damage. The exercise was held to help train experts on how to respond and cooperate to prevent such an attack.
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Years late and woefully out numbered
10/5/2012 10:46:08 AM
Governments are years late in recognizing the need for real cyber security and authorities are so out numbered by criminals that it would be laughable if it wasn't such a monumental social problem. You can't make this stuff up...
Now that the Internet is out of control and everything associated with the digital age is under attack by crims, we are hopelessly subjected to all sorts of new crimes daily. And it's going to get far worse before it gets better.
RE: Years late and woefully out numbered
10/5/2012 11:11:42 AM
I mean, I'd rather have them start somewhere than pretend they don't have to.
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