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APCERT holds 2016 cyber-drill on evolving threat, financial fraud

The Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) has successfully completed its annual drill to test the response capability of leading Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) from the Asia Pacific economies, reports ITRealms.

The drill which is on its fifth edition, ITRealms reports, APCERT involved the participation of members from the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) in this annual drill.

ITRealms gathered that the theme of the APCERT Drill 2016 was “An Evolving Cyber Threat and Financial Fraud.”

A press statement endorsed by Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Limited, an Abuja based Consultancy firm who coordinated the participation of some Nigerian organizations and led by Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, the exercise reflected real incidents and problems that exist on the Internet.

“The scenario, for this year, simulated a contemporary cyber threat with financial motivation that targets to defraud individual and financial institutions,” part of the statement read.

Throughout the exercise, the participating teams activated and tested their incident handling arrangements. This drill included the need to interact both locally and internationally, with CSIRTs/CERTs and victim organisations, for the coordinated suspension of malicious infrastructure, analysis of malicious code, as well as notification and assistance to affected entities. 

This incident response exercise, which was coordinated across many economies, reflects the 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.

26 CSIRT teams from 20 economies (Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, People's Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) of the APCERT participated in the drill. From the external parties, CSIRT teams from 6 economies (Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan and Tunisia) of the OIC-CERT participated.


ITRealms further that some Nigeria organizations participated at this year event including “The Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Communications Commission, Directorate of State Security, Defence Headquarters, Ministry of Communications, Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited and the National Information Technology Development Agency.”

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