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This ought to be interesting

GCN keeps setting them up . . .

The Homeland Security Department will test how well it works with other federal agencies and private IT companies to protect cybersecurity in a national exercise Feb. 6-10.

The Information Technology Information-Sharing and Analysis Center will take part in the exercise, known as Cyber Storm, with DHS to test its draft concept of operations for responding to cybersecurity incidents.



Cyber Storm initially was to be held in November 2005, but it was postponed because of the department’s involvement in Hurricane Katrina reconstruction.

Good thing there is no chance of a natural and cyber disaster taking place at the same time . . .

I won’t belabor earlier points made about DHS maladies and information sharing woes in general, suffice it to say that the words “make or break” are coming to mind when I think about events like this. Not the first time such work has been done and odds are it won’t be the last. Learning opportunities? Sure, but given that we’ve been dealing with such crises for several years now one would think that a certain level of competence would have been achieved by now.

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji

Michael Tanji spent nearly 20 years in the US intelligence community. Trained in both SIGINT and HUMINT disciplines he has worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. At various points in his career he served as an expert in information warfare, computer network operations, computer forensics, and indications and warning. A veteran of the US Army, Michael has served in both strategic and tactical assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Balkans, and the Middle East.