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APCERT completes Asia Pacific leg of global cyber security drill

AvantiKumar | Feb. 1, 2013
The Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team successfully completed its annual drill, says CyberSecurity Malaysia.

DR. AMIRUDIN ABDUL WAHAB - CyberSecurity Malaysia

Photo - Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO, CyberSecurity Malaysia.


The Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) has successfully completed its annual drill to test the response capabilities of its Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) from the Asia Pacific economies, according to Malaysia's national cyber security agency CyberSecurity Malaysia.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab said APCERT's recent action was another step in a global coordination to tackle largescale Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

"The theme of the APCERT Drill 2013 was 'Countering Large Scale Denial of Service Attack.' The exercise reflects real incidents and problems that exist on the Internet," said Amirudin.  "The teams were tested not only to go beyond identifying a large Denial of Service attack on various companies and governments as a symptom of the problem, but also to analyse the root causes and remove malicious elements from the Internet, in the minimum amount of time."

He said that during the exercise, the participating teams activated and tested their incident response handling arrangements, locally and internationally. "This incident response exercise, which was coordinated across many economies, reflects the strong collaboration amongst the economies and validates the enhanced communication protocols, technical capabilities and quality of incident responses that APCERT fosters in assuring Internet security and safety."

"We have been looking forward to this year's drill," said Amirudin. "To be an integral part of the APCERT annual drill is an excellent opportunity for our emergency response team to regularly test their technical skills and capabilities in handling cyber threats. I believe the annual APCERT Drill reinforces as well as strengthens the collaboration among the participating economies and will further improve communications among the members."

"We are also delighted to see the participation of OIC-CERT in the Drill and we would like to extend our gratitude to APCERT for engaging OIC-CERT again in this year's drill," he said. "We hope both entities will be able to sustain their close working relationships and to further improve information sharing in handling cyber threats."

Twenty-two CSIRT teams from 18 economies (Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, People's Republic of China, Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) of the APCERT and 4 CSIRT teams from four economies (Egypt, Pakistan, Oman and Tunisia) of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation - Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) participated in the drill.


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