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McAfee supports Homeland Security Cyber Storm II Exercise in the USA.

McAfee : 17 March, 2008  (Company News)
McAfee has partnered with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and otherCyber Storm II participants, to exercise US cybersecurity to assess national preparedness and response to a simulated, widespread cyberattack.
The DHS-led Cyber Storm II exercise is the USA's largest and most comprehensive cybersecurity exercise.

Cyber Storm unites government, private industry, and international participants in examining the processes, procedures, tools, and organisational responses needed to address a multi-sector, coordinated attack through, and on, global cyber infrastructure. As an integral participant, McAfee was instrumental in providing expertise and support in each of these core exercise areas.

'We're proud to be a trusted advisor and integral participant in this monumental exercise,' said Carl Banzhof, McAfee vice president, chief technology evangelist and Cyber Storm II participant. 'Cyberattacks are a serious national security threat. We applaud the DHS's leadership in uniting government and industry to proactively address this issue.'

Cyber Storm II is a continuation of the successful Cyber Storm I exercise, where McAfee was also a major participant. This year's Cyber Storm II exercise applied many government and private sector concepts and processes developed since Cyber Storm I, some of which included:

* Examining organisational preparation, protection and response capabilities during a cyberattack.

* Validating information-sharing relationships and communications paths to collect and disseminate situational awareness, response, and recovery information.

* Examining means and processes through which to share sensitive information across boundaries and sectors, without compromising proprietary or national security interests.

* Cyber Storm II is intended to act as a catalyst for assessing communications, coordination, and partnerships across critical infrastructure sectors during a national-scale cyber incident.

* Exercise planning and execution provides the opportunity to establish and strengthen cross-sector, inter-governmental, and international relationships that are critical during the exercise and in actual cyber response situations.
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