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Cyberattack simulation highlights security challenges

Cyberattack simulation highlights security challenges
Cyberattack simulation highlights security challenges

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December 18, 2008

Senior-level government and industry officials in a two-day 
cybersecurity simulation exercise that concluded today said it 
demonstrated the importance of a cross-sector, integrated approach to 
cybersecurity. The simulation also illustrated some challenges the Obama 
administration and next Congress will face in terms of cybersecurity, 
they said.

The 230 participants in the Cyber Strategy Inquiry came from the public 
and private sectors in areas such as homeland security defense, 
transportation, telecommunications and information technology, and 
intelligence. The event was held Dec. 17 and today in Washington, D.C. 
It was sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and Business Executives for 
National Security.

The structure of the game involved four government teams, four from 
industry and one from civil society. The groups had to communicate 
through a control team, which represented Congress and the White House.

However, those teams also included members from other sectors so they 
would be forced to consider the perspectives of other people, said Mark 
Gerencser, a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the 
event=E2=80=99s organizers.

=E2=80=9CThere was a great realization that we are all in this together,=E2=80=9D said 
Gerencser. =E2=80=9CAnd what got uncovered in the game is that there were 
interdependencies that we didn=E2=80=99t quite understand or appreciate before.=E2=80=9D


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