ESPC Cybersecurity Emergency Response Teams (ESPC-CERT) on June 30 took part in the 1st Africa Cybersecurity Drill with the aim of strengthening cooperation between African, OIC & Asia Pacific CERTs, CIRTs and CSIRTs in addressing and creating awareness on trans-national cybersecurity incidents.
In the 2nd defacement scenario, ESPC-CERT scored 2nd place and is predicted to stand out as a strong contender for the top spot in the 3rd and 4th scenarios that will take place today at 5.00pm Malaysian time.
The drill saw excellent response from all over the world amidst the devastating pandemic. Targeted at national CERTs and CSIRTS as well as information security teams, the virtual exercise connected 24 teams from 24 countries. The drill facilitator Silencec, CERT-MU and EG-CERT explained and guided the participating teams throughout the four scenarios planned for the drill.
Participating teams at this 1st Africa Cybersecurity Drill were challenged to perform executive decision making, operational decision making and coordination, and cross-disciplinary coordination to combat a range of cybersecurity threats that can endanger corporate and public environments.
It goes beyond doubt that this 1st Africa Cybersecurity Drill programme is a testament on the importance for countries and organisations to strengthen protective measures and coordinate in responding to arising incidents of cyber attacks that are becoming more and more sophisticated.
It is also vital for C-level executives, including chief legal officers, chief security officers, chief information security officers, chief financial officers, chief marketing officers, chief commercial officers, and chief operating officers to continuously engage in these programmes and to ensure intelligence sharing and collaboration intensified towards eliminating weaknesses in dealing with cyber threats.