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CYBER National Level Exercise 2012

National Level Exercise 2012 - Cyber: Private Sector Participation Guide
Participation in NLE 2012 will provide private sector organizations a variety of benefits, ultimately contributing to an enhanced understanding of information sharing, response, and incident management activities related to a national cyber event. More specifically, it is anticipated that through participation in NLE 2012, private sector organizations, in collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government partners as well as other exercise stakeholders, will:
Achieve a better collective understanding of the cyber challenges within and across sectors;
Examine and better understand cyber threat alert, warning, and information sharing across sectors and between government and the private sector;
Contribute to defining government and private sector roles and responsibilities in cyber incident response and recovery under the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP); and
Test and examine government-private sector coordinating structures, processes, and capabilities regarding cyber incident response and recovery.
National Level Exercises and the predecessor Top Official exercises continue to involve broad participation based on exercise objectives, scenario implications, and other considerations. This year is no different. NLE 2012 participants include various states within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions I, II, III, and V. The primary subject area and specific audiences for this scenario include information technology, communications, water, and mass transit/rail. With limited exception, these are the main focus of the Players and Simulation Cell subject matter experts. Interested parties outside  that scope will still find value in the Virtual Participation and Downloadable tabletop.
Private sector participation in NLE 2012 consists of several options for participation during the NLE Capstone Exercise. The specific opportunities are identified in thePrivate Sector Participation Guide.
This document is intended to provide private sector stakeholders with an overview of NLE 2012, to include a discussion of the exercise timeline, a snapshot of the exercise scenario, and a review of the various potential exercise participation opportunities.

Upcoming Webinar
“The Risk Self-Assessment Tool: What’s In It for You?”
On April 4, 2012, the National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection will host a 60-minute interactive webinar about the Risk Self-Assessment Tool for the Commercial Facilities Sector. The webinar will provide up-to-date information about the tool for infrastructure owners and operators as well as government partners. Panelists will present federal and private sector perspectives on the development of the tool, how it works, and how their facilities have benefited from its use.  Registration is free.
The Risk Self-Assessment Tool is a free, easy-to-use web-based tool created by the Department, in partnership with the private sector, to deliver an all-hazards relative risk assessment for commercial facility owners and operators. When combined with a facility’s specific characteristics (such as usage, size, and capacity), the threat analysis and consequence estimate generated by the tool helps owners and operators identify and prioritize where security measures, procedures, or staff training might be needed—thereby helping managers put their security resources to better use.
Registration information:
Wednesday, April 4th; 2 pm – 3 pm EST  Register

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