By Thomas Claburn
January 6, 2010
A financial services industry group is planning to simulate a series of
cyber attacks to test how well banks, payment processors and retailers
deal with online threats.
The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center
(FS-ISAC), a group formed in response to a 1998 Presidential security
directive, on Tuesday invited financial institutions, retailers, card
processors, and businesses of all sizes to participate in its Cyber
Attack against Payment Processes (CAPP) Exercise.
"FS-ISAC in conjunction with a variety of industry partners is testing
their members' emergency response, notification, and communication
procedures in response to a number of different types of cyber attacks
against payment processes," the group's Web site says. "The three-day
exercise will simulate a different attack scenario each day. Detailed
result collection is kept confidential."
The CAPP event is scheduled for February 9 through 11, 2010.
Participants will be expected to activate their incident response
procedures in accordance with the scenario presented and to complete an
anonymous survey to evaluate their organization's response.
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