European Union and US Carry Out First Joint Cyber Security Exercise

For the first time in history, the United States and the European Union have held day-long joint exercises to test how they would hold up against cyber attacks on government agencies and critical infrastructure.

The Cyber Atlantic 2011 experiment, which was conducted by several US and EU security organisations including European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the US Department of Homeland Security, included security tests based on two situations.

The first one was related to using advanced persistent threats to steal data from cyber security agencies and the second situation involved cyber attacks on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, which are used in power generation networks.

According to ZD Net, the participants from the US and EU member countries were put in a room and given situations to think about ways to protect the systems and stage counter attacks against cyber attacks.

"The involvement of the Commission, EU member states and, of course, the US, in today's exercise shows the high level of commitment we have to ensuring that we protect our digital infrastructures for the benefit of all citizens," ENISA director Udo Helmbrecht said in a statement.