FTI Consulting Partners with the Army Cyber Institute to Host Virtual Jack Voltaic 3.0 Exercise in September 2020
Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2020 — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) today announced that it has partnered with the Army Cyber Institute (“ACI”) at West Point to host the virtual Jack Voltaic 3.0 exercise, a regionally focused program to promote and prepare cyber resilience for cities across the United States. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., and this virtual iteration — scheduled for September 22 and 24 — will focus on these two cities.
The Jack Voltaic program was initially developed by ACI to bring public and private-sector partners together to examine cyber-attacks from the bottom-up. The program is a research project in the form of an operational exercise, and tests the infrastructure response on a multi-city, multi-state level, involving local and regional incident management response capabilities when facing maritime disruption.
“Conducting Jack Voltaic virtually will allow us to assess capabilities to prepare for a disruptive cyber-attack, even in light of the ever-changing circumstances presented by the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Ron Yearwood, a Senior Managing Director in the Cybersecurity practice at FTI Consulting. “Jack Voltaic 3.0 will help build expertise and identify gaps in our capabilities across the public and private sectors to ensure security and resiliency for our communities at home and abroad.”
Jack Voltaic 3.0 aims to identify gaps in the cities’ incident response infrastructure, particularly infrastructure directly supporting military deployment, global logistics operations and impact military force projection. The inaugural Jack Voltaic exercise was hosted in 2016 in New York City, and Jack Voltaic 2.0 was hosted in Houston in 2018.
Lt. Col. Doug Fletcher, ACI’s lead for Jack Voltaic, said, “By conducting Jack Voltaic 3.0 virtually, the ACI and our partners have an excellent opportunity to capitalize on our digital connectivity, strengthen our ties ahead of a potential multi-sector cyber event that impacts critical infrastructure, and still meet all of our original objectives.”
Anthony J. Ferrante, Global Head of Cybersecurity at FTI Consulting, added, “The coronavirus pandemic has underscored our reliance on internet connectivity and other innovative technologies, and it is paramount that we conduct exercises like Jack Voltaic to test these critical infrastructures to prepare for significant incidents that could compromise these operations.”
Public and commercial participation in the Jack Voltaic 3.0 exercise has grown each year. Jack Voltaic was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) 1649, and ACI intends to publish a publicly available final Executive Summary in December 2020.
More information on Jack Voltaic can be found at https://cyber.army.mil/Research/Jack-Voltaic/.
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Source: FTI Consulting, Inc.