A cybersecurity drill was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 15-16 May 2014 aimed at strengthening international cybersecurity preparedness. Organized jointly by the International Telecommunication Union and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (ITU-IMPACT), together with Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), this first international cyber drill in Turkey attracted the participation of 17 countries – Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Romania, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Spain, Sudan, Turkey, and Ukraine.
The International Cyber Shield Exercise (ICSE) aims to bring together national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) practitioners, senior government officials, cybersecurity experts, industry players and other stakeholder groups from ICT across the world under one roof. ICSE 2014 primarily provided a platform for information sharing on key aspects pertaining to cybersecurity with particular emphasis on effective incident handling and international cooperation among the various stakeholders.
The event saw presentations from distinguished cybersecurity experts as well as workshops on Forensic Science and Investigation, Mobile Security and Standardization in Cybersecurity, and Child Online Protection (COP). Participating national CIRTs engaged in a series of real-life cyber threat simulations to assess their incident handling capability.
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