Malaysia headquartered International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) has announced that more than 90 experts from 19 European and CIS countries were involved in a joint exercise performed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with 19 European and CIS countries.
The chairman of IMPACT, which is the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations agency the ITU, Datuk Mohd Noor Amin said the UN-backed cross border cyber drill included a series of scenarios totalling 250 minutes, which were triggered during the exercise to put the participants to the test and observe their responses. These scenarios included phishing, web defacement and wireless security breach.
Sponsored by ABI Research during the ITU Regional Forum on Cybersecurity for Europe and CIS from 23-25 October in Sofia, Bulgaria, the virtually simulated attack totalled 250 minutes and involved the Applied Learning for Emergency Response Team (ALERT) with a total of eight actively participating countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Turkey and Ukraine, with 11 other European nations taking part as official observers: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Tajikistan.
"Because cybersecurity issues can become a national security threat, it is essential that CERTs/CIRTs (community emergency response teams/critical incident response teams) share information and experience on cross-border incident handling, and collaborate and coordinate with government and industry players to address and mitigate these challenges and secure critical infrastructure," said Mohd Noor.
This mission is the third series of ITU-IMPACT's ALERT cyber drill and the very first for the European Region, with previous exercises taking place in the South East Asia region and the Arab region, he said.
The event also benefited from the participation of ITU-IMPACT's key industry partners including Codenomicon, Internet Society Bulgaria, Kaspersky Lab, Lirex.com, Microsoft, Symantec and The Cyber Guardian.
"This regional forum and associated cyber drill are concrete examples of the highly effective regional cooperation that is needed to combat the global scourge of cyber criminality," said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré. "Through our partnership with IMPACT, ITU is putting state-of-the-art cybersecurity tools and expertise within reach of all 193 ITU's Member States, and in particular our developing country members who might struggle to establish their own national cybersecurity programme and infrastructure."
With 144 countries now part of the ITU-IMPACT coalition, IMPACT is entrusted with the task of providing cybersecurity support and services to ITU's Member States and other organisations within the UN system. ITU-IMPACT's global partnership now has more than 200 industry, academia and international organisations.
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