By Jaikumar Vijayan
February 10, 2010
Security industry analysts and lawmakers will get an unprecedented
chance next week to evaluate how the government might respond to a
cyber-attack on critical infrastructure targets.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a Washington-based non-profit
established in 2007 by several lawmakers, will host a simulated
nation-wide cyber-attack next Tuesday for a group of former
administration and national security officials, who will be playing the
roles of Cabinet members.
The goal of the simulation, called Cyber ShockWave, is to see how
officials in key government positions would react to a real-time cyber-
attack, and to evaluate the split-second decisions they may be required
to take to deal with it, a BPC alert noted.
Those playing the roles of various cabinet members include former DHS
secretary Michael Chertoff, the former Director of National Intelligence
John Negroponte, former White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran
Townsend and former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.
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