The United States and European Union have conducted their first-ever cybersecurity joint exercise, which was designed to improve collaboration and speed responses to cyber attacks.
Lee Rock, acting director of US-CERT, told InformationWeek in an interview Friday that the Cyber Atlantic 2011 Exercise simulated two cyber-attack scenarios. The U.S. and EU used the exercise to shore up their response to global cyber incidents and figure out better ways to collaborate on attack mitigation, he said.
Rock participated in the event in Brussels on Thursday, and his agency–US-CERT–coordinates response to cyber attacks in the United States and also tracks and manages intrusions into federal networks.
One scenario was modeled after an episode where U.S. government data was illegally accessed and then leaked online via Wikileaks. In the exercise, a targeted attack attempted to extract and publish online secret data from the cyber security agencies of EU members, Rock said.
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