APCERT completes drill on evolving threats and financial fraud

  • 26 teams from APAC and six from OIC took part
  • Theme was on evolving threats and financial fraud

THE Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) said it has successfully completed its annual drill to test the response capability of leading Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) from the region.
For the fifth time, APCERT involved the participation of members from the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation-Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) in this annual drill, APCERT said in a statement.
APCERT Drill 2016 focused on evolving cyberthreats and financial fraud, and simulated a contemporary financially-motivated threat that aimed to defraud individuals and financial institutions.
Throughout the exercise, the participating teams activated and tested their incident-handling arrangements, APCERT said.
APCERT completes drill on evolving threats and financial fraudThis 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.
“Our active involvement in APCERT Drill has helped to increase our skills and expertise, and also improved our incident response and handling processes,” said Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab (pic), chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia, the deputy chair of APCERT.

He also urged organisations in the critical national information infrastructure space to conduct their own cyberdrills on a periodic basis.
26 CSIRTs teams from 20 economies took part in APCERT Drill 2016, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Singapore.
CSIRTs from six economies of the OIC-CERT also participated: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan and Tunisia.
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