APCERT completes cybersecurity drill

  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) has completed its annual drill to test the response capability of leading Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) from regional economies.

The drill, themed “Critical Infrastructure Protection,” was for participating teams to exercise incident response handling arrangements locally and internationally to mitigate the impact of ongoing Internet-based attacks, to enable better co-ordination of teams in the region in tackling cyber-incidents.

In a joint statement, APCERT and CyberSecurity Malaysia said in this year’s scenarios, the employees of critical infrastructure companies of an imaginary economy were targeted.

It said criminals are capitalising on the popularity of online business, which has become a profitable revenue stream for the underground economy.

This year, 20 teams from 15 economies — Australia, Brunei, Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam —participated in the drill.

Roy Ko, Chair of APCERT, said the attacks usually came from distributed locations that required the co-ordinated effort of CERT teams and security organisations from different economies to track and close down.

“It is vital for every CSIRT to build up their capability to detect and defend when the community at large is under attack and the daily business of the economy is hampered,” he said.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Lt Col (Ret) Husin Jazri said the agency, under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was involved in the drill by providing an infrastructure to support this year’s exercise.

“CyberSecurity Malaysia also provided technical support to the National Security Council in organising the annual cybersecurity exercise for the Critical National Information Infrastructure agencies,” he said.

APCERT was established by leading and national CSIRTs from the economies of the Asia-Pacific to improve co-operation, response and information sharing among CSIRTs in the region.

APCERT consists of 26 CSIRTs from 17 economies. — Bernama

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