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OAS Strengthens Program against Cyber Attacks with Mobile Simulation Laboratory
Aug 22, 2012 - 6:44:54 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) will strengthen its program against cyber attacks with the addition of a mobile simulation laboratory with the latest technology in the field that will be made available to Member States to further contribute to the protection of their critical infrastructure and information systems.

The simulation lab will reinforce the ability of the OAS to support its Member States in preventing, detecting, deterring, and mitigating the effects of cyber attacks, and in the pursuit and application of the law to those responsible for them.

The modern and sophisticated equipment and computer software acquired will make the simulation and crisis management exercises, used to prepare for the event of a cyber attack, more effective, efficient, and meaningful. Moreover, they can be carried out more often, thanks to the high mobility of the equipment and its flexibility to meet the continuous advances in technology.

The new lab will also allow for the increase in the scope of testing, because it gathers the private sector, academia, civil society and government authorities in one place. The will create a further reaching and higher quality training of public officials, social and business leaders, academics and experts from the Member States, who will face real problems that require quick and strong decision making with high levels of awareness, preparation and coordination of efforts.

The first simulation exercises with the new equipment will begin in the coming months in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

The new mobile simulation lab will be managed by the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the OAS, which developed it with the support of the Department of Information and Technology Services of the hemispheric organization.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

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