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DHS Cyber Storm III Rising

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the beginning of Cyber Storm III—a three-day long, DHS-sponsored exercise that brings together a diverse cross-section of the nation’s cyber incident responders to assess U.S. cyber response capabilities. Cyber Storm III is an exercise scenario that simulates a large-scale cyber attack on critical infrastructure across the nation. The goal of the exercise is to examine and strengthen collective cyber preparedness and response capabilities, involving thousands of participants across government and industry.

As part of Cyber Storm III, DHS will exercise elements of the newly developed National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP)—a blueprint for the nation’s cybersecurity incident response.

Cyber Storm III participants include:
Administration-Wide—Seven Cabinet-level departments including Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation and Treasury, in addition to the White House and representatives from the intelligence and law enforcement communities.
Eleven States—California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, as well as the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).
12 International Partners—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
60 Private Sector Companies—DHS worked with representatives from the Banking and Finance, Chemical, Communications, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Information Technology, Nuclear, Transportation, and Water Sectors, as well as the corresponding Sector Coordinating Councils and ISACs, to identify private sector participants.

Cyber Storm III also represents the first major exercise testing the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)—which serves as the hub of national cybersecurity coordination and was established in October of 2009.

The U.S. government sector witnesses a blossoming of investments in cyber security technologies on the wave of progress that the White House and federal agencies have made in establishing interagency groups to plan and coordinate Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) activities, setting up cyber security R&D goals and creating framework for industry-wide cooperation.

Over the past few years, a number of cyber attacks perpetrated by criminals, hackers and foreign nations against the U.S. government’s networks rose sharply.

“Among the greatest concerns that impact both military and civilian realms is cybersecurity,” James G. Stavridis, Navy Adm., NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Today, we have a billion devices that are accessing the Internet,” he said. “Our economies are entangled in this Internet sea, and it’s an outlaw sea. Nothing exists in the norms of behavior. There is a military aspect to it, but it’s all of society. At some point, there needs to be a very global conversation on this challenge.”

“Federal agencies have spent more on cyber security than the entire GDP of North Korea, who some have speculated is to be involved with some of these cyber attacks,” said Senator Thomas L. Carper. “The issue of Cyber Warfare is not science fiction anymore. It’s reality.”

The short- to long-term federal cyber security investments will be driven:
•by ever-increasing numbers and severity of cyber attacks;
•by dramatic expansion in computer interconnectivity and the exponential increase in the data flows and computing power of the government networks;
•by perception of U.S. adversaries that the United States is dependent on information technology and that this dependency constitutes an exploitable weakness;
•by developments in the existing cyber security approaches and technologies and emergence of new technologies and approaches.

With a cumulative market valued at $55 billion (2010 – 2015), the U.S. Federal Cybersecurity market will grow steadily—at about 6.2 percent CAGR over the next six years. This new quantitative report “U.S. Federal Cybersecurity Market Forecast 2010-2015” provides:
•A six-year detailed forecast for the period 2010-2015;
•Agency-by-agency detailed forecasts for both defense and civilian sectors;
•Cybersecurity market segments by investment type (National Security Systems, Mission Area Support, Infrastructure/Office Automation/Telecommunications, Enterprise Architecture and Planning);
•Federal cyber security market by software, hardware, software services, personnel training;
•Federal cyber security market by technologies and R&D.

The report answers the following questions:
•Why pay any attention at all to the U.S. Government Cyber Security market?
•What segments of the U.S. Government Cyber Security market are poised for fast growth?
•What are the largest segments of the U.S. Government Cyber Security?
•What are key trends in Cyber Security technology deployment?
•What are market opportunities in providing Cyber Security solutions for the government sector?
•What is the market hierarchy in the complicated web of the Federal Cyber Security market?
•What are the priorities of the government investment in cyber security R&D?
•Where is the money in the U.S. Federal Cyber Security market?
•How can the small cyber security technology vendors benefit from developments in the U.S. Federal Cyber Security market?

The report covers the cyber security products, technologies and services for the U.S. government market, including security of government IT networks, cyber security and cyber warfare tools and systems, surveillance and monitoring capabilities of national security agencies.

Published in Public Safety IT, Nov/Dec 2010

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