Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Operations

11/2/2015
03:30 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

UK-US Cyberattack Simulation On Finance Sector Set For This Month

US-CERT and CERT-UK putting President and Prime Minister's earlier plans into action.

A coordinated simulation to test how well the United States' and United Kingdom's government agencies and financial centers in London and New York communicate in the event of a cyberattack on the financial sector will take place this month, officials stated today.

The joint exercise is the result of a set of agreements for cybersecurity cooperation laid out by President Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in January.

Dubbed Operation Resilient Shield, the simulation will be coordinated by US-CERT and its British counterpart CERT-UK. The Bank of England -- which recently announced plans to increase its cybersecurity funding -- will also be involved in planning the simulation. Other banks participating in the exercise have yet to be determined, but the U.S. Treasury and the British finance ministry will take part.

The simulation will focus more on weaknesses in information sharing and incident response procedures than weaknesses in the banking systems themselves. As a representative for CERT-UK told Reuters, "There will be no testing of cash machines coming down, banks coming down or anything like that."

The exercise this month is part of the countries' collaborative effort to harden security of critical infrastructure. The agreement laid out between President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron also included plans regarding better cooperation on cyber defense -- for example, more partnerships between the countries' law enforcement and intelligence agencies, like UK's GCHQ and MI5 and the U.S.'s NSA and FBI. The pact further plans more investment in academic research on cybersecurity, including joint support for a new Fulbright Cyber Security Award and a Cambridge vs. Cambridge infosec contest between the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/17/2020
Active Directory Needs an Update: Here's Why
Raz Rafaeli, CEO and Co-Founder at Secret Double Octopus,  1/16/2020
New Attack Campaigns Suggest Emotet Threat Is Far From Over
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  1/16/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
The Year in Security: 2019
This Tech Digest provides a wrap up and overview of the year's top cybersecurity news stories. It was a year of new twists on old threats, with fears of another WannaCry-type worm and of a possible botnet army of Wi-Fi routers. But 2019 also underscored the risk of firmware and trusted security tools harboring dangerous holes that cybercriminals and nation-state hackers could readily abuse. Read more.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Organizations have invested in a sweeping array of security technologies to address challenges associated with the growing number of cybersecurity attacks. However, the complexity involved in managing these technologies is emerging as a major problem. Read this report to find out what your peers biggest security challenges are and the technologies they are using to address them.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-5216
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
In Secure Headers (RubyGem secure_headers), a directive injection vulnerability is present in versions before 3.9.0, 5.2.0, and 6.3.0. If user-supplied input was passed into append/override_content_security_policy_directives, a newline could be injected leading to limited header injection. Upon seei...
CVE-2020-5217
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
In Secure Headers (RubyGem secure_headers), a directive injection vulnerability is present in versions before 3.8.0, 5.1.0, and 6.2.0. If user-supplied input was passed into append/override_content_security_policy_directives, a semicolon could be injected leading to directive injection. This could b...
CVE-2020-5223
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
In PrivateBin versions 1.2.0 before 1.2.2, and 1.3.0 before 1.3.2, a persistent XSS attack is possible. Under certain conditions, a user provided attachment file name can inject HTML leading to a persistent Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability. The vulnerability has been fixed in PrivateBin v1.3...
CVE-2019-20399
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
A timing vulnerability in the Scalar::check_overflow function in Parity libsecp256k1-rs before 0.3.1 potentially allows an attacker to leak information via a side-channel attack.
CVE-2020-7915
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-22
An issue was discovered on Eaton 5P 850 devices. The Ubicacion SAI field allows XSS attacks by an administrator.