US and EU Hold First Joint Cyber Atlantic Exercise

Friday, November 04, 2011

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The United States and the European Union conducted the first joint cyber tabletop exercise this week, according to an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The event was organized in an effort to strengthen inter-governmental cooperation in efforts to combat mounting cybesecurity vulnerabilities and to improve incident response on an international level.

Participants include DHS, the Department of Justice, the European Commission and member states.

The following description of the event was posted by Lee Rock, Acting Director of US-CERT:

I participated in the Cyber Atlantic 2011 tabletop exercise, an innovative joint U.S.–European Union (EU) cybersecurity effort to expand international collaboration efforts geared toward incident management and response. The outcomes of today’s activities will strengthen the Nation’s capacity to respond to a cyber incident through mutual support systems and help officials to better understand the common cyber operating picture. 

The Cyber Atlantic exercise is part of the ongoing EU-U.S. partnership to strengthen mutual capabilities for addressing emerging threats to global networks. Through the EU-U.S. Working Group on Cybersecurity – including representatives from DHS’ National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), the Department of Justice, EU member states and the European Commission – stakeholders focus on cyber incident management, enhancing public-private partnerships, and raising awareness about cyber threats, and combating cybercrime. 


In addition to working with the European Union to better understand and mitigate cyber threats, DHS is enhancing collaboration in the cyber arena with other international partners through bilateral and multilateral engagement. In accordance with various agreements, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) supports international partners and the broader cybersecurity communities in both the United States and abroad on a range of technical and operational cyber issues.

Similar efforts to boost international cooperation and information sharing regarding cybersecurity threats were initiated by NATO in September.

A workshop held on 19 September at the NATO C3 Agency in Brussels addressed a number of areas in which nations are considering cooperation on sharing the cost of cutting-edge research as well as the development of new capabilities.

Source:  http://blog.dhs.gov/2011/11/united-states-and-european-union-hold.html

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