Europe to hold cybersecurity exercise next month

The 'table top' exercise is designed to test if countries have a contact point available

The European Union is planning to hold a cybersecurity exercise across its 27 member states next month, the start of what officials hope will be greater cooperation in defending computer networks.

The exercise will take place in the first week of November, said Vangelis Ouzounis, senior expert for IT security policies for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), during the RSA security conference in London on Tuesday.

The agency works with E.U. countries on computer security issues and authors papers on suggested best practices on subjects such as botnets.

Ouzounis characterized it as a "table top" exercise rather than an operational one. It is designed to test if European countries are capable of contacting each other and if language may prove to be a barrier during a real computer emergency.

"It's basically a way of building trust among the member states," Ouzounis said.

Despite growing awareness around cybersecurity, some countries still do not have a national contact point or a computer emergency response team, also known as a CERT, Ouzounis said. Law enforcement agencies still encounter problems when try to deal with cybercrime, which frequently has an international angle.

"They cannot communicate effectively on cross-country cases," Ouzounis said.

In addition to E.U. countries, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland will also take part.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com

Tags European Network and Information Security AgencyGovernment use of ITintrusionsecuritydata protectiongovernmentrsa

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?