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Cyber Storm Drill to Yield New Lessons, Feds Say

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U.S. DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute being briefed by a participant in the Cyber Storm III exercise.

Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently concluded Cyber Storm III, its third cyberwar simulation, connecting thousands of participants from the state, federal, and private sectors in a week-long drill to assess the cyberdefensive capabilities of government agencies and corporations.

The U.S. National Cyber Security Division's Brett Lambo says an analysis of the exercise will involve receiving input and experiential information from participants. DHS says Cyber Storm III is the largest exercise to date, with Lambo pointing out that the drill was run by about 100 exercise planners or "string pullers," while the other players performed their roles as crises were simulated at sites worldwide.

The simulation was established to evaluate stakeholders' ability to identify ongoing attacks in real time and manage computer compromises and vulnerabilities. The scenario was designed to simulate contemporary, sophisticated digital threats that include targeted attacks. "The exercise—it's a tool you can use to stress people, to lay yourself bare a little bit to say, 'Look, we don't want to find these things out when there's a real crisis, so let's try to find where we need to improve in a risk-free environment,'" Lambo says.

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