Today the Department of Homeland Security kicks off a three to four day simulated cyber attack drill.
One of the most impressive sounding drills to date, the test will include not only US government, and private sector participants, but also foreign governments.
According to the DHS Cyber Storm III FactSheet:
The Cyber Storm series simulates large-scale cyber events and attacks on the government and the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR)—so that collective cyber preparedness and response capabilities can be measured against realistic and credible national-level events.
DHS’s National Cybersecurity Division (NCSD) is sponsoring the latest installment of the series—Cyber Storm III, which will include thousands of players across government and industry and more than 1,500 injects of data to keep participants on their toes.
This will also be the first test of the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). The NCCIC is a 24-hour, DHS-led coordinated watch and warning center that will improve national efforts to address threats and incidents affecting the nation’s critical information technology and cyber infrastructure.
11 states will be involved in the test, as will 60 private sector companies. Foreign government participates include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
With Stuxnet making headlines news now, I cannot think of a better time to run a drill designed to test our country’s response to attacks on critical utilities.