Cyprus, 28 June 2021 – AfricaCERT is organizing the 1st African Cyber Drill for National CERTs/CSIRTs/CIRTs, IXPs & RENs in Africa and OIC CERTs/CSIRTs on 30th June – 1st July 2021 in collaboration with the Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU, a division of the National Computer Board, Mauritius).
A steering committee comprising the National CSIRT of Benin Republic (BJCSIRT), the national Computer Emergency Response Team for Egypt (EG-CERT), the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Center (KE-CIRT/CC), the Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU), the Tunisian Computer Emergency Response Team (tunCERT) and AfricaCERT is organizing this event, which will be conducted online.
The main purpose of the cyber drill will be to enhance the communication and incident response capabilities of the participating teams and ensure a continued collective effort in mitigating cyber threats among the region’s CERTs and CSIRTs. The cyber drill exercise is structured around various scenarios involving the most common types of cyberattacks. The teams participating for the event will have a maximum number of 5 participants whereby there will be four players and one observer per team. The teams should also ensure they consist of participants with management & technical background for the event.
Different national, sectorial CERTs/CSIRTs, Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) and Research & Education Networks (RENs) from Africa, the OIC CERTs/CSIRTs are invited to participate. The plan is also to reach out to APCERT and AfricaCERT partners in other regions.
The 1st Africa Cyber Drill is supported by CYBER RANGES, the next-gen cyber range by Silensec that powers nCERT/CSIRT capability exercises around the world, including the ITU Global Cyber Drills.
Sathish Govindharajan (BSc, MSc, GCIA), who is the Head of Infrastructure & Security with Silensec and CYBER RANGES, advising clients on intrusion detection and infrastructure protection, recently commented: “We are delighted to support AfricaCERT and all their project stakeholders in this important large-scale exercise. Beyond the necessary technical competence, coordination and collaboration have become key capabilities needed by cybersecurity teams in tackling the growing number of more and more complex cyber threats and attacks. We should always bear in mind that in cyber space no man is an island!”
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