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European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show

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European Union (EU) member states need to do more to prepare for cyberattacks, concludes a report of Cyber Europe 2010, a simulation of how EU countries would react to a sustained attack on their networks. The simulation examined how countries would respond if international network connections failed to work, leaving citizens, businesses, and the public sector unable to access online services.

The test aimed to give member states a better understanding of how to handle cyberattacks and to establish future best practices. "Member states need to do more with their national security exercises," says the European Network Security Agency's Ulf Bergstrom. "Countries need proper policies about what to do if channels break down, how communications will function, and what the roles and responsibilities are."

The report also says that future tests should include the private sector. "The networks are largely owned by the private sector and they should be involved," Bergstrom says. "All systems are interconnected and cross national boundaries."

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