InfraGardNCR invites industry to participate in National Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month

infraguardInfraGard of the National Capital Region (InfraGardNCR), a partnership between the FBI and the private sector to protect critical infrastructure, are engaged in a comprehensive effort to recognize and support National Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month (NCISRM).  The initiative supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection & Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection mission to raise awareness around critical infrastructure protection during the month of November.  InfraGardNCR unveiled the NCISRM website and its numerous social media interaction points and announced an owner/operator driven event to focus on CI supply chain partners.

“Well after the events of September 11 we are still working to understand and mitigate the complex challenges posed by our converged cyber and physical environments.  NCISRM is an opportunity for both the owners and operators of our critical infrastructure, and our government counterparts engaged in all 16 critical infrastructures to highlight and reinforce their work, understand in-depth the pressing threats and vulnerabilities, and work on ways to mitigate their effects,” said Kristina Tanasichuk, president of InfraGardNCR and CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition.

The Office of Infrastructure Protection, within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, is partnering with InfraGardNCR to promote Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.  InfraGardNCR has been working since January 2016 with numerous stakeholders and national non-profit organizations that are aligned with the 16 critical infrastructure sectors to work together in November to raise awareness and take tangible steps to improve the security posture around our critical infrastructure.

In addition to campaigns to raise awareness, InfraGardNCR will bring key stakeholders together to explore physical and cyber vulnerabilities to the U.S. electric grid.  The discussions will focus on the threats to the grid and include briefings from both the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, in addition to a targeted campaign for owners and operators to invite their vendors and others who “should” know more about CI in order to make their supply chain stronger and educate those who may not focus on critical infrastructure security on a daily basis will be a key part of the awareness effort.

“Critical infrastructure organizations need to be concerned about the physical security as well as the cybersecurity of their small business suppliers. Those small businesses in the supply chain need to be concerned about their security primarily for the common good, but also to differentiate themselves to their critical infrastructure customers. The BBB is engaging with NCISRM to raise awareness of sector interdependencies and to provide training for small businesses across North America based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework,” added Bill Fanelli, CISSP, Chief Security Officer, Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc.

Owners and operators of critical infrastructure, non-profit organizations that represent critical infrastructure sectors, colleges and universities, and private companies are all invited to partner during November to raise awareness and educate their constituents.  More information on partnership is available here.

The in-person event, Attacking the Grid: Left and Right of Boom, will take place in Tysons Corner, VA on November 16 and will focus on uncovering interdependencies due to an extended power outage.  This year’s NCISRM event will provide attendees with three things: 1) the most recent, accurate threat assessments from the FBI and ODNI; 2) an in-depth look at the December 2015 cyberattack on the electric grid in Ukraine and an analysis of the implications of a similar attack in the United States; and 3) scenario-based facilitated breakout sessions with stakeholders across critical infrastructure sectors to discuss best practices and tangible tools for preventing, detecting, responding, and recovering from a large power outage.

More information on all of these activities can be found at:

Source: InfraGardNCR