The European project ACT (Advance Counter Terrorism for Lebanon Security) is entering its third year with a national cyber crisis management training exercise in Lebanon. CIVIPOL is implementing the second component of this EU-funded project, which aims to strengthen protection and response against terrorism and organised crime through an improved national cyber security system.
On 10 March 2022, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Government Mahmoud Makkieh, the Secretary General of the High Defence Council, General Muhammad Mustapha, and the Attorney General Ghassan Oueidat, came to measure the progress made by state agencies and critical operators in the telecoms and banking sectors in detecting and mitigating the effects of cyber attacks.
This first national exercise, which brought together cyber experts from thirteen public, private and academic entities, concluded a year of training on attack detection, cyber intelligence sharing and operational anticipation.
The objectives, which were achieved, were to give Lebanon's cybersecurity supervision teams the means to quickly detect, analyse and, thanks to effective information sharing, better understand and apprehend a large-scale cyber attack. Emphasis was placed on assessing the operational impact of a cyber incident on critical national services and the need to deploy structured communication channels at the operational and political levels.
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