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APCERT Cyber Drill 2022 “Data Breach Through Security Malpractice”

Release Date: 26 Aug 2022 1093 Views

The Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) today has successfully completed its annual drill to test the response capability of leading Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) within the Asia Pacific economies.


The theme of this year’s APCERT Drill is “Data Breach through Security Malpractice.” This exercise reflects real incidents and issues that exist on the Internet.


This drill included the need for the teams to interact locally and internationally, with CSIRTs/CERTs and targeted organizations, for coordinated suspension of malicious infrastructure, analysis of malicious code, as well as notification and assistance to affected entities. This incident response exercise, which was coordinated across many economies, reflects the collaboration amongst the economies in mitigating cyber threats and validates the enhanced communication protocols, technical capabilities and quality of incident responses that APCERT fosters in assuring Internet security and safety.


26 CSIRTs from 22 economies of APCERT (Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, People's Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam) participated in the drill. From the external parties, 6 CSIRTs from 2 economies of OIC-CERT and AfricaCERT participated.


The Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT) of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, as part of APCERT, actively participated in the annual drill exercise to reinforce its partnership with other CISRTs/CERTs in safeguarding regional cyber security and combating emerging threats in the region. Locally, HKCERT strives to raise cyber security awareness of Hong Kong with timely warning and preventive advice on new technologies-related cyber threats and incident response, as well as security trainings for local enterprises and Internet users alike. HKCERT closely works with the government, different industries and security practitioners for threat intelligence sharing and collaboration. For example, it recently published the “Incident Response Guideline for SMEs” and collaborated with the Cybersec Infohub to launch the “Open Threat Intelligence Campaign”. In November, it will organise the “Capture the Flag Challenge 2022” to foster young cyber security talent. Such efforts aim to make Hong Kong one of the most cyber secure cities in the world.


APCERT was established by leading and national Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) from the economies of the Asia Pacific region to improve cooperation, response and information sharing among CSIRTs in the region. APCERT Operational Members consist of 33 CSIRTs from 24 economies. Further information about APCERT can be found at: