Cyber War Games Test Crisis Responses of EU Nations

• Two-day exercise to help European countries improve cybersecurity
• Upcoming report will analyze nations’ cyber strengths, vulnerabilities

Here’s a scenario: a radical group hijacks key technologies and collapses cyber communications at a bustling European airport. What’s the best way for countries to restore digital order?

Thirty countries, about 300 organizations and more than 900 cybersecurity specialists tested their responses to that scenario and others June 6 and 7 in Cyber Europe 2018, organized by the European Union’s cybersecurity agency.

The Agency for Network and Information Security said it brought together participants for the “most mature EU cybersecurity exercise to date.”

The scenarios, the fifth that the agency has conducted since 2010, simulate large-scale network and malware threats.

EU countries must “equip themselves with the necessary tools to detect cyber-attacks and protect the networks and systems,” Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for the digital economy and society, said in a statement.

The agency said the participants responded to the virtual incidents “timely and effectively.” The organization and its participants will look for areas of improvement and will publish a final report.

Joint responses to cyber threats by EU member states, rather than individually, “is the modern response to borderless cyber threats,” Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, the agency’s executive director, said in a statement.

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