Cyber exercise shows need for closer federal-state coordination

An attack by bad guys online and on the ground on a big city’s critical infrastructure can straddle jurisdictional lines between local and federal authorities, making coordination among those groups critical but tricky, according to participants in a recent resilience exercise.

“We’re outgunned when it comes to nation-state cyberattacks” that could target cyber and physical targets at the same time, said Mike Bell, chief technology officer at the Houston Police Department.

A drill last July dubbed Jack Voltaic 2.0, demonstrated gaps in operational and legal authorities as well as confusion about first response.

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Source: FCW