The members of the Cybersecurity Collaborative, a multi-year initiative between Operations Technology Development (OTD) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are focused on identifying and addressing high-priority cybersecurity issues through technical evaluation and technology transfer. Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is leading the project on behalf of OTD.
The Collaborative will deliver a focused outreach and education program and a technology evaluation and transfer initiative. This combined emphasis will provide a reduction in the risk and exposure to the threat of cyber attacks and malicious activity directed at the theft of intellectual property or disruption/damage to system operations.
Program results can be used by operators to educate internal and contracted personnel about cybersecurity, as well as evaluate and, where appropriate, implement state-of-the-art technologies focused on the prevention, detection, and mitigation of cyber threats.
The team has developed a vetted, prioritized, brief list of technologies and supporting material for transfer to utility operations and is creating a cybersecurity technology improvement “roadmap”. The ability to transfer one or more asset management and detection technologies identified by DHS as ready to transition to practice is among the highest-priority initiatives.
The Collaborative meets almost every quarter, either through webinars or face-to-face meetings. The first project, Password Management, under the program area of Technology to Manage Technology, is considered the first priority technical issue. Technical reports and outreach on it are expected early in 2017.
Next, the research team will assess the capabilities of microtokenization technology to protect critical infrastructure vulnerabilities. Researchers will test the capabilities of Eclypses’ microtokenization technology to identify, examine, and mitigate high-priority cyber threats. This activity is getting underway.