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Department of Energy Unveils 100-day ICS Cybersecurity Initiative

Department of Energy Unveils 100-day ICS Cybersecurity Initiative

Created: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 14:10
Cybersecurity, Federal & State Resources

The Department of Energy has announced a new 100-day industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity initiative in collaboration with energy sector stakeholders and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In a press release, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm noted “The United States faces a well-documented and increasing cyber threat from malicious actors” and CISA Acting Director Brandon Wales described the initiative as a “valuable pilot” within the agency’s ICS security efforts.

The 100-day initiative will include a schedule for the identification and implementation of “technologies and systems that enable real time situational awareness and response capabilities in critical industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) networks. It will also feature efforts to improve the security of information technology networks and facilitate the voluntary adoption of solutions that increase detection capabilities and threat visibility.

The announcement of the initiative was accompanied by a Request for Information from energy sector stakeholders and other interested parties on supply chain security.