Press Release: Drill to tighten global network in fight against cyber attacks

ITU-IMPACT and Turkey collaborate in international cybersecurity exercise

Geneva, 20 May 2014 – 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 19 countries – Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Iran, 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.

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