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SEMA – Swedish Emergency Management Agency

How to verify, test and improve performance of a web site ahead of an upcoming, expected traffic peak load

During the Spring of 2008, SEMA carried out a vast communications exercise called SAMÖ2008. The purpose of the exercise was to try the preparedness of financial systems against a possible IT-based attack.

The exercise drew approximately 5,000 participants from the Swedish government, other central government bodies, the counties, organizations and companies. The focus of the exercise was on organized IT attacks that could threaten and bring down Sweden’s financial systems, leading to a crisis of confidence.

In cases like this, the normal functions of traditional payment systems can be affected by severe distortions.

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