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On June 26th, CSFI held its second annual table top exercise at the Autonoma University of Madrid. Under the leadership of Francisco Caballero the Cyber Intelligence Officer and David Gonzalez the Project Coordinator, CSFI’s Spain Team organized this year’s scenario which focused on mobile vulnerabilities affecting critical infrastructures.

The scenario focused on a large scale data theft of intellectual property via mobile devices for the purpose of financial gain and competitive advantage.

CSFI’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Europe, Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos, supported this effort and encouraged the discussion on mobile devices as more companies are allowing for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) expanding the surface threat area.

The expert panel featured in this TTX included directors from Spain’s National Center of Excellence on Cybersecurity (CNEC), the Civil Guard’s Cyber Terrorism Unit, the National Postal Service as well as the President of the National Organization of Transplants (ONT).

The multi-disciplinary panel brought different perspectives from various critical infrastructures, and of national security agencies. The following represents some of the gaps that were identified:

  • Legal black holes to address data loss via mobile devices and the subsequent selling of this data in the black market
  • Lack of awareness on corporate data protection on mobile devices on behalf of both law enforcement personnel and the public
  • Insufficient federal law enforcement means to investigate and solve crime pertaining to mobile data theft

The cyber exercise concluded that the majority of the gaps in the scenario were principally due to the lack of situational awareness of the situation, the implications of vulnerabilities involved and the actors involved the the attack chain.

CSFI looks forward to next year’s table top exercise and will announce the 2015 topic in the CSFI LinkedIn Forum this November 2014.CSFI’s mission is to provide cyber warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners.

CSFI offers several training certificates on cyberspace operations and is affiliated with the University of Fairfax.

The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, NE and in Washington DC with a mission “to provide Cyber Warfare awareness, guidance, and security solutions through collaboration, education, volunteer work, and training to assist the US Government, US Military, Commercial Interests, and International Partners.”

CSFI was born out of the collaboration of dozens of experts, and today CSFI is comprised of a large community of nearly 25,000 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare professionals from the government, military, private sector, and academia. Our amazing members are the core of all of our activities, and it is for them that we are pushing forward our mission. Tripwire is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the CSFI mission.