European Union to Launch Supply Chain Attack Simulation

European Union to Launch Supply Chain Attack Simulation

The European Union (EU) is planning a major supply chain cyber-attack simulation, it has been reported.

According to Bloomberg, the exercise will take place in the coming days and continue for six weeks. The drill is designed to test member states’ preparedness for an attack affecting the continent’s distribution networks.

Citing internal documents and sources “familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg said that the simulated attack will mainly target supply chains across Europe. The coordinated attack will be based on past supply chain hacks or those considered to be likely in the future to be as realistic as possible.

Those participating in the ‘stress test’ will coordinate diplomatic and public responses to the attacks and deal with the spillover of socioeconomic impacts in other member states.

It is believed the drill was proposed by France, which took over the presidency of the council of the European Union on January 1 2022. Following the exercise, the EU aims to develop a framework for a joint response to a major incident, which it currently lacks.

Recent incidents such as SolarWinds and Kaseya have demonstrated the widespread damage that supply chain cyber-attacks can cause, which appears to be a growing target for threat actors.

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