CYBER Awareness for You and Your Systems

As state drinking water program security coordinators, one of your responsibilities is to help your state’s drinking water utilities defend against cyber terrorism.  If you have not already done so, you should take a look at the US CERT Program.  CERT stands for Computer Emergency Response Team.

US-CERT is the operational arm of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is a public-private partnership.  US-CERT is charged with providing response support and defense against cyber attacks for the Federal Civil Executive Branch and information sharing and collaboration with state and local government, industry, and international partners.

US-CERT interacts with Federal agencies, industry, the research community, state and local governments, and others to disseminate reasoned and actionable cyber security information to the public.  US-CERT also provides a way for citizens, businesses, and other institutions.

The US-CERT website http://www.us-cert.gov/control_systems/cstraining.html#cyber contains a wealth of information and training opportunities for anyone (consumer to government IT professional) to learn more about cyber security, SCADA protection, and other tools to secure a network.  For state security coordinators, this webpage also offers opportunities to connect with other government-based cyber groups such as:

  • Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (GFIRST)
  • Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)
  • National Cyber Response Coordination Group (NCRCG)
  • Software Assurance (SwA)

Please share this weblink with your drinking water systems.

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