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ITU ALERT (Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams)

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The ITU Cyber Drill - ALERT (Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams) for Europe Region was held from 26-30 November 2018 in St. Raphael Resort, Limassol, Cyprus.

Within the framework of the ITU European Regional Initiative on Enhancing Trust and Confidence in the use of ICTs, adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17), Buenos Aires, this event was organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the kind invitation of the Digital Security Authority of Cyprus.

This capacity building exercise aimed to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of the participating teams as well as to ensure a continued collective effort in mitigating cyber threats among the regions' national Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs)/ Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).

The Cyber drill was open to national CIRTs/CSIRTs, ministries, regulators, telecommunication operators, universities and general education institutions, telecommunication equipment manufacturers, research and design institutes, software developers and other interested stakeholders of the ITU Member States, Sector Members and Associates. It is strongly recommended that at least two technical team members and one management level staff be present.

This event had three key components namely :

  • Day 1 & 2: Training by FIRST on CIRT Management
  • Day 3: Open Conference on Cybersecurity
  • Day 4 & 5: Cyberattack simulation exercises