Switzerland Plans Drill for Protection Against Cyber-Attacks

on February 23, 2012 11:21 AM EST

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Switzerland Plans Drill for Protection Against Cyber-Attacks (Photo: Flickr.com/kiwanja)

The threat of attacks from cyberspace has grown by now to a level of being one of the greatest threats of public safety. Therefore the Swiss government is preparing for the worst case scenario by challenging its crisis managements groups with a drill this fall.

On February 22 the Swiss parliament and government commissioned the Federal Chancellery to hold a cyber attacks drill and through this test the response of the country. Besides governmental offices it is also planned to involve private corporations from media and industry.

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September 2012 till May 2013 the Drill is planned to be held. It will have four stages. Planning and preparation is beginning now.

The cyber attack drill is part of a series of exercises to test and improve the response to anticipated dangers to the nation. 2005 a nationwide pandemic of swine flu was the scenario and in 2009 it was a nationwide power surge.

The threat of a cyber attack was also addressed by other countries for example Germany in similar exercises before.

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