Completes first major test run over the course of a single week.
The recently formed US Cyber Command underwent its first major test run, a major milestone for the fledgling organization. The exercise, reportedly dubbed ‘Cyber Flag’ was said to be successful with the NSA Director and Cyber Command chief Gen. Keith Alexander saying it actually exceeded his expectations.
The exercise was carried out over the course of a single week at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada where some 300 defense experts were separated into two teams and put to the test. The two teams, ‘The Good guys’ and ‘The Bad Guys’ participated in the mock cyber attack which saw The Bad Guys attempt to infiltrate the Cyber Commands networks. The point was to simulate a potential real world situation similar to the test.
The Good guys apparently were not able to defend against all of The Bad Guys’ attacks but Engadget is reporting that the majority were recognized and mitigated “in a timely manner”