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The exercise addresses the increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats that both the public and private sectors face. As the Department's biennial National Cyber Exercise, the goal of Cyber Storm II is to examine the processes, procedures, tools and organizational response to a multi-sector coordinated attack through, and on, the global cyber infrastructure. Exercise planning and execution provides the opportunity to establish and strengthen cross-sector, inter-governmental and international relationships that are critical during the exercise and in actual cyber response situations.
Specific objectives of the exercise include:
# Examine the capabilities of participating organizations to prepare for, protect from, and respond to the potential effects of cyber attacks;
# Exercise strategic decision making and interagency coordination of incident response(s) in accordance with national level policy and procedures;
# Validate information sharing relationships and communications paths for the collection and dissemination of cyber incident situational awareness, response and recovery information; and
# Examine means and processes through which to share sensitive information across boundaries and sectors, without compromising proprietary or national security interests