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Preparing for the unknown - A peek into Cyber Europe

ENISA is supporting Member States to cope with major cybersecurity crises with its flagship Cyber Europe programme. Five years after the first ever European wide cyber exercise, Cyber Europe evolved into a unique multinational crisis simulation which immerses participants into the unknown.

Published on February 06, 2015

Although all of the 800 cybersecurity professionals who participated to the operational phase of Cyber Europe 2014 had experience in handling complex incidents, the scale of the crisis simulated had little if no precedent and pushed participants to their limits. The inherent complexity of the attacks and the systems targeted allowed participants to explore and build the key procedures that will make a difference should such a situation arise tomorrow.  

ENISA is working hands on with the EU and EFTA Member States, and the European Commission on this initiative, which, for once in the security sector, attempts to tackle the threats before they materialize.

Next steps

Cyber Europe 2014 is coming to an end, with a strategic level table-top exercise to be held in the coming weeks, bringing together senior government decision-makers. An after-action report will be released the following months; in the meantime, have a quick peek inside Cyber Europe:

For more information visit: Cyber Europe 2014


ENISA, with the cooperation of EU and EFTA Member States organises the Cyber Exercise series. Cyber exercises are one of the main actions identified in the European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe and the European Cyber Security Strategy.

CE2014 Objectives:

  • Test cross-country cyber crisis cooperation procedures (the EU-SOPs)
  • Test national-level cyber crisis management capabilities
  • Explore cooperation between private-public and private-private participants
  • Explore the escalation and de-escalation processes (technical-operational-strategic)
  • Explore public affairs issues


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