ABSTRACT

DHS Can Make Improvements to Secure Industrial Control Systems   [open pdf - 822KB]

"We evaluated the progress the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made in addressing cybersecurity issues and coordinating the response efforts between the public and private sectors for industrial control systems. […] The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a division of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), is the operational arm of NPPD and is responsible for providing full-time monitoring, information sharing, analysis, and incident response capabilities to protect Federal agencies' networks and critical infrastructure and key resources, such as industrial control systems. NPPD has strengthened the security of industrial control systems by establishing the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team to address the need to share critical cybersecurity information, analyze vulnerabilities, verify emerging threats, and disseminate mitigation strategies. NPPD also facilitates cybersecurity information sharing between the public and private sectors through various working groups, issuing alerts and bulletins, and conducting cybersecurity training and conferences regarding industrial control systems. Although NPPD has made progress in securing control systems, further improvements can be made in information sharing. For example, NPPD needs to consolidate the multiple information sharing communities of interests used to disseminate control system cybersecurity information efficiently and effectively. […] We are making two recommendations to NPPD to improve its information sharing process and response coordination efforts. NPPD concurred with all recommendations and has begun to take actions to implement them."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-13-39
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Date:
2013-02
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Public Domain
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Homeland Security Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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