[ISN] U.S. cybersecurity test shelved until 2006

From: InfoSec News (isn@private)
Date: Thu Oct 27 2005 - 00:10:25 PDT


By Anne Broache 
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
October 26, 2005

A national exercise designed to test the government's readiness to 
handle cyberemergencies won't happen until February, a Department of 
Homeland Security spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The department, which 
is headed toward a cybersecurity makeover of sorts, originally planned 
to run the mock attack-and-response game--known as Cyberstorm--in 

"While this exercise will be an important test of our readiness to 
respond to and mitigate a significant cyberattack, our first priority 
as a department is responding to real world events," spokesman Kirk 
Whitworth said in an e-mail to CNET News.com. "As a result of 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many of the department's resources, as 
well as those of the private sector which would have been involved in 
the Cyberstorm exercise, were reallocated to deal with the disasters 
in the Gulf." 

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