[ISN] Cyberterror test checks connections

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Date: Mon Jul 15 2002 - 03:48:58 PDT

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    By Dan Caterinicchia 
    July 15, 2002
    For the first time ever, federal, state and local government officials 
    are partnering with representatives from the private sector and the 
    utilities community in a exercise designed to identify the links 
    between them in responding to and defending against cyberterror.
    Operation Dark Screen, the brainchild of Rep. Ciro Rodriguez 
    (D-Texas), is a three-phase exercise that will help all the players 
    involved better understand their roles in preparing for, recovering 
    from, and protecting the nation's critical infrastructure in case of a 
    "A lot of people think about chemical, biological and nuclear attacks, 
    but very few people think about the cyber," Rodriguez said. "Anyone 
    that is going to hit us, it's going to be a combination of those."
    The program's first phase will be a tabletop exercise in September, 
    where a yet-to-be-determined cyberattack will be played out and all 
    participants will respond, said Gregory White, technical director for 
    the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the 
    University of Texas at San Antonio, which is leading the planning and 
    execution of Operation Dark Screen. 
    The Air Force Air Intelligence Agency, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, 
    has assumed a leadership role in bringing together the various 
    stakeholders, which include representatives from San Antonio, Bexar 
    County, the Army, the Air Force, the state attorney general's office, 
    the FBI, the private sector and many others, Rodriguez said. 
    The second phase of Dark Screen will focus on implementing the 
    "lessons learned" from the tabletop exercise, and the third phase, 
    which will take place in May 2003, will be a live exercise and include 
    actual attempts to penetrate networks, White said. 
    "We can do it on paper, but by bringing everybody together at one 
    time, we can see who is prepared to do that," White said, adding that 
    so far participants have paid their own way through the planning 
    stages, but attempts to secure federal and private funding are 
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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