Cyber Storm V: After Action Report   [open pdf - 812KB]

From the executive summary: "Cyber Storm (CS), the Department's capstone national-level cyber exercise series, provides the framework for the most extensive government-sponsored cybersecurity exercises of its kind. Mandated by Congress, these exercises are part of the Department's ongoing efforts to assess and strengthen cyber preparedness and examine incident response processes. DHS uses the findings from these exercises to advance collective cyber incident response capabilities. They also strengthen information sharing partnerships among federal, state, international, and private sector partners. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center's (NCCIC) National Cyber Exercise and Planning Program (NCEPP), under the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications (CS&C), sponsors the exercise series. [In conclusion,] CS V provided a realistic environment for our national cyber response apparatus to assess cyber incident response capabilities. DHS and participating organizations worked closely to establish the exercise's goal and 100 objectives and design a realistic scenario that allowed stakeholders to address both organizational and national-level objectives. The resulting scenario allowed the community to coordinate a national-level response to a significant cyber incident. As part of exercise play, players identified significant findings and actions at the national, state, sector, and organizational level that the cyber response community should address. Ultimately, CS V served as a tool that allowed the stakeholder community to examine the evolution of cyber response capabilities and identify current gaps and challenges in responding to a coordinated cyber attack with global impacts. As a result, stakeholders have the opportunity to address these findings and bolster cyber response capabilities at an organizational-level, increasing the preparedness of the nation as a whole"

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