Surfnet holds first national exercise with simulated Internet attack

Oct

7

2016

The educational ICT provider SURFnet held its first national cyber crisis exercise. Were involved in a total of 27 organizations. Surfnet said to be satisfied with the outcome.

In a press release writes Surfnet that took place during the simulation exercise of an attack by hackers. This was aimed at vital systems, including student information systems. The aim is to ‘increase the resilience of institutions’ in crisis Cso Alf Moens tells Tweakers:. “A complicated attack was simulated by a hacker collective, each organization wielded own version.” For example there was a simulated attack which grades administration was no longer reliable and student fee could increase their number. In addition, participants analyze the malware and decrypt logfiles needed.

In the case of hospitals found among other exercises rather how they should deal with a data breach. “For instance: the question which party the hospital must report and who need to turn,” says Moens. One of the striking things during the exercise was that the parties communicate a lot less when they are in their “crisis mode,” he further explains. At present, the evaluation would be in full swing. Moens is also of the opinion that the trial went well and say they are satisfied with the result. The participants were positive about the exercise. It is, therefore, not be excluded that this is carried out one more time in the future.

Among the participating organizations were colleges, universities, hospitals and other research institutions. Of these, a total of two hundred people involved in the exercise. The security team Surfnet, SURFcert was initiated as part of the exercise. During the exercise, the participants played the role of different stakeholders. For example, students, suppliers, media and regulators.

It is intended to publish a review of the exercise later this month. In addition, the exercise scenario SURFnet also makes available so that other parties can use it for their own purposes.

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