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DHS’s National Cyber Security Division and Idaho National Laboratory win cybersecurity award
Howard Schmidt (rt), cyber czar,
The SANS Institute announced on December 27 that the DHS National Cyber Security Division and Idaho National Laboratory have won the 2011 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for building cybersecurity skills needed to defend the power grid and other control systems.
The Controls Systems Security Program (CSSP) at DHS and Idaho National Laboratory have created a series of training programs for managerial and technical people in the industries using control systems (power, oil and gas, electrical, water and several others.) These training programs are packed with up-to-date information on cyber threats and mitigations for vulnerabilities.
The goal is to reduce industrial control system risks within and across all critical infrastructure and key resource sectors by coordinating efforts among federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as industrial control systems owners, operators and vendors, explains a news release issued by the SANS Institute. The CSSP coordinates activities to reduce the likelihood of success and severity of impact of a cyber-attack against critical infrastructure control systems through risk-mitigation activities.
One innovative course provides intensive hands-on training on protecting and securing industrial control systems from cyber-attacks, including a Red Team/Blue Team exercise that is conducted within an actual control systems environment. This training has been transformational for technologists and managers who previously under-appreciated the power of cyber-attacks or the ease at which they can be executed, says the release.
The Department of Energy’s office of electricity delivery and energy reliability has partnered with DHS to provide the Red Team/Blue Team training specifically to the energy sector asset owners and create lessons learned from the energy sector.
DHS and Idaho National Laboratory won the 2011 National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for developing a long-term, common vision where effective risk management of control systems security can be realized through successful coordination efforts.