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Government of Colombia and OAS Conduct Cyber Attack Simulations

  September 20, 2012

The Ministry of Defense of Colombia, with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), is conducting an exercise in cyber security crisis management at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, with the objective of strengthening the capabilities of Colombia in preventing, detecting and mitigating the effects of a large scale cyber attack on the country.

Neil Klopfenstein, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the OAS, emphasized that “this activity has been made possible thanks to the support of the Colombian National Computer Security Incident Response Team (ColCERT),” referring to the Colombian organization charged with carrying out the exercise.

For his part, the Minister of Information and Communications Technologies of Colombia, Diego Molano Vega, thanked “the support that the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, through the CICTE, has given to Colombia on the cyber security,” and highlighted once again the commitment of the national government on the issue, which is reflected in the creation of the Comisión Nacional Digital and the Comisión de Información Estatal, as well as CIO NACION.

The exercise is the first of its type, and afterwards similar exercises will be carried out in Argentina, Mexico and other countries of the region, for which a new laboratory will be used, which was acquired by CICTE and has been developed with the support of the Department of Information Technology Services (DOITS) of the OAS and experts from the Member States, including officials from ColCERT. The equipment, which was donated by the U.S. State Department, allows the participants in the exercises to work in a virtual environment in which multiple cyber incidents are recreated, which require proper coordination between different institutions in order to be resolved.

Representatives of financial, energy, and telecommunications sectors are participating in the activity, among them relevant actors in the cyber security, with the objective of creating an environment that reflects the realities and the needs of Colombia.

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Reference: E-323/12