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Cyber ShockWave to hit Washington

Former US officials and national security experts are to get an unprecedented view of what it would be like for the government to respond to a large-scale cyber attack.

Members of the group, including former secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff, will take up roles such as national security advisor during a simulated cyber attack on 16 February.

The Cyber ShockWave simulation is aimed at highlighting the immediate, real dangers of cyber-terrorism, said the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), which organised the event in Washington.

The exercise was developed by former CIA director general Michael Hayden and the BPC's National Security Preparedness group led by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, New Jersey governor Thomas Kean and congressman Lee Hamilton.

The participants will not know the scenario in advance and will have to react in real time as intelligence and news is received, the BPC said.

After the simulation, participants will discuss what they have learned and what the US government can do to avoid a cyber attack in the real world.

The Cyber ShockWave event comes after a similar event from 9 to 11 February organised by the Financial Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC).

The FS-ISAC event was open to all electronic payment processing organisations to help them assess their ability to respond to a variety of cyber attacks.


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