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Europe Begins Its Largest-Ever Cyberwar Stress Test

29/04/2014 by


In a sign of just how seriously Europe is taking the cyber threat, more than 400 cyber security professionals from 29 countries and 200 organisations are today beginning a biannual cyber exercise coordinated by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

It is not the first time ENISA has produced this event, but this year’s will be the largest such “stress test” of the continent’s ability to withstand massive cyber-attack.

The online event brings together various Cyber Security Agencies, EU bodies, Telecoms operators, tech companies and energy providers. Those involved must detect and tackle various challenges based on 16 different cyber-security incidents. The technical part of the exercise takes places in a distributed manner across all of Europe.

“The incidents in Cyber Europe 2014 are very realistic, mimicking unrest and political crisis at a pan-European level, disrupting services for millions of citizens across Europe,” The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, said. “This improves the resilience of Europe’s critical information infrastructures”.

Organisers and participants would not divulge what kind of incidents would be drilled, but looking at previous exercises the areas of interest include massive distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), attacks on power grids, or major cyber-security breaches.

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