First Joint EU-US Cyber Security Exercise Conducted Today, 3rd Nov. 2011
BRUSSELS, Belgium and HERAKLION, Greece, November 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
The first joint cyber security exercise between the European Union (EU)
and United States (US) is being held today (3rd Nov.) in Brussels, with the
support of the EU’s Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the
US Department of Homeland Security. The day-long table-top exercise, Cyber
Atlantic 2011, is using simulated cyber-crisis scenarios to explore how the
EU and US would engage each other and cooperate in the event of
cyber-attacks on their critical information infrastructures.
In the first scenario, a targeted stealthy cyber-attack (Advanced
Persistent Threat – APT) attempts to exfiltrate and publish online, secret
information from EU Member States’ cyber security agencies. The second
simulation focuses on the disruption of supervisory control and data
acquisition (SCADA) systems in power generation infrastructures.
More than 20 EU Member States are involved in the exercise, 16 of them
actively playing, with the European Commission providing high-level
direction. Cyber Atlantic 2011 is part of an EU-US commitment to cyber
security which was made at the EU-US summit in Lisbon on 20 November 2010.
The aims are to “tackle new threats to the global networks upon which the
security and prosperity of our free societies increasingly depend.” The
exercise draws on lessons learned in the first pan-European cyber security
“stress test” exercise, Cyber Europe 2010, which was facilitated last year
by ENISA. ENISA’s role involves supporting EU Member States in organising
cyber security exercises and formulating national contingency plans, with
good practice guides and seminars.
ENISA’s Executive Director, Professor Udo Helmbrecht, said: “It is an
honour for ENISA to be facilitating this extremely important milestone in
international cyber security cooperation. European Vice-President, Neelie
Kroes, has spoken of the importance of information communications technology
for today’s citizens and for the economy. The involvement of the Commission,
EU Member States and, of course, the US, in today’s exercise shows the high
level of commitment we have to ensuring that we protect our digital
infrastructures for the benefit of all citizens.”
Lessons learned from Cyber Atlantic 2011 will be used to plan further
potential joint EU-US cyber exercises in the future.
 Joint Statement, EU-US Summit, Nov.2010:
ENISA Cyber Europe 2010 exercise reports:
SOURCE ENISA – European Network and Information Security Agency