DHS to Host ‘Cyber Storm’ Exercise for Critical Infrastructure

Jeff Brody

The Department of Homeland Security will host an exercise in spring 2020 to test the incident response plans of critical infrastructure owners and operators to a hypothetical cyber attack, CyberScoop reported Monday.

Brian Harrell, assistant director for infrastructure security at DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said event planners intend to integrate insider threats into the Cyber Storm 2020 exercise, which will focus more on the collaboration of critical infrastructure firms with local and state officials.

Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity and communications at CISA, said Cyber Storm participants will need to respond to multiple “injects” or sudden alterations to the threat environment.

“In 2020, we will be integrating new partners and testing and evaluating the National Cyber Incident Response Plan in a simulated multi-sector cyberattack targeting critical functions,” Manfra said. “Cyber Storm 2020 is open to all critical infrastructure sectors that will enable us to look more broadly at cross-sector issues.”

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