Cyber Europe 2014 - cybersecurity exercise

Cyber Europe 2014, Europe's third and largest cyber exercise, is taking place throughout the continent.  This exercise is organized every two years by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) with the Member States of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

This is a practical exercise with around 200 organisations and 400 security professionals in Europe's cyberspace taking part and joining forces to counteract a massive simulated cyber attack. The 2014 exercise, which has grown considerably in scope, scale and complexity compared to the exercises conducted in 2010 and 2012, represents a major milestone in efforts to strengthen cyber crisis cooperation, preparedness and response across Europe.

The objectives of Cyber Europe 2014 include:

  • testing of the existing standard cooperation procedures and mechanisms for managing cyber-crises in Europe;
  • enhancing national-level capabilities;
  • exploring the existing cooperation between the private and public sector;
  • analysing the escalation and de-escalation processes  (technical, operational and strategic level);
  • understanding the public affairs issues linked to large scale cyber-attacks.


ANACOM is promoting Portugal's active participation in the exercise, which will be developed over several phases throughout the year through various public and private organizations, including electronic communications operators. At the current time, the exercise is in its technical phase, with participants being called on to solve many cyber incidents which are similar to real situations.

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