We at Kingpin work with many security vendors, and so have a pretty good understanding of the complexity surrounding the different levels and types of solution in market. But while IT decision makers are (rightly) focused on keeping their organisation's lights on, what about the bigger scenario? Cyber-terrorism is on the rise, and it's not just governments that will be targeted; private entities are more entwined with public services than ever, making them part of the same target group. But before we all start thinking this sounds like an episode of 24 (or Mr. Robot for younger readers), fear not, for the good guys have a plan. This article by the always excellent Steve Ranger looks at Europe's contingency planning for such scenarios.
More than 700 security experts are battling a fictional cyber crisis featuring power cuts, drones and ransomware as part of the European Union's biggest cyber defence exercise to date. Cyber Europe 2016 kicked off back in April, as since then has been simulating the build up to a major cyber security crisis with a series of fictional attacks on European digital networks, culminating in this week's finale, where security industry experts from more than 300 organisations work together "to ensure business continuity and, ultimately, to safeguard the European Digital Single Market." "Computer security attacks are increasingly used to perform industrial reconnaissance, lead disinformation campaigns, manipulate stock markets, leak sensitive information, tamper with customer data, sabotage critical infrastructures," warns the scenario.