Government cybersecurity operation planned for 2008
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February 14 '07: In 2006 about 115 organizations, government agencies and members of the private sector participated in Cyber Storm which tested the government and industry's ability to respond and communicate during a simulated cyberterrorist attack. InfoWorld reported that a new Cyber Storm is being planned for 2008 and will include outside industries such as the chemical and nuclear energy industries.
According to George Foresman, the undersecretary of preparedness in the Department of Homeland Security the 2006 exercise was to understand how well agencies, organizations and companies were able to communicate "so that we are ready to meet any type of threat at any time." The results of the 2006 program were released last year Foresman told InfoWeek.The 2008 exercise will build off of last year's but with added industry participation. DHS also plans on hosting the exercise on a "biannual basis" Tiffany Jones, the senior regional manager for government relations with Symantec told InfoWeek. "Security experts say that Cyber Storm has improved participants' understanding of who to call in the event of an attack, but hasn't necessarily identified specific vulnerabilities in the nation's computer systems," InfoWeek reported. Officials said the goal of the exercise was to "highlight the inefficiencies in the process," and that they were not "really looking for technical solutions."
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