Andy Purdy, acting director of the DHS's National Cyber Security division, announced the exercise, called Cyber Storm, earlier this week in a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing. The division's top priority is establishing a "National Cyberspace Response System to prevent, detect, respond to, and reconstitute rapidly after cyber incidents," Purdy said in written testimony. Cyber Storm will test that "concept of operations for national incident response," which was devised by a consort of federal agencies, including the Defense and Justice departments.
Purdy's comments came as part of broader testimony about the goals and priorities of the division, which President Bush created in June 2003. DHS in May received ain the realm of cybersecurity. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff last week creating a new, higher-level secretary to oversee cybersecurity, and President Bush technology lawyer Stewart Baker as his pick.