Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Mitigating the Risk of a Cyber-Attack

Course Details:

US Cybersecurity Framework for Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

0.5 Days, 3.5 Instructional Hours
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
No sessions currently scheduled

Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown Campus
Koury Auditorium
601 Highpoint Road
Jamestown, NC 27282

Why Focus on Cybersecurity?
Without a national cybersecurity plan in place, cybersecurity experts – including those from the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the Automation Federation – warn that industrial cyber-attack can result in widespread plant shutdowns, operational and equipment failure, severe economic and environment disruption, and public endangerment

About The Cybersecurity Framework:
The US Cybersecurity Framework was recently launched as a voluntary guide for American industry and operators of critical infrastructure to strengthen their cyber defenses.

This is a key deliverable from the Executive Order on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” that President Obama announced in his 2013 State of the Union address.  President Obama said, “Cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” then adding “America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.”

This cybersecurity seminar is part of a series of nationwide meetings designed to educate US industrial and manufacturing leaders and operators of critical infrastructure on the importance of implementing the Cybersecurity Framework and its key components.

Representatives from the White House, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Automation Federation, International Society of Automation and NCSU Industrial Extension Service will illustrate why Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) security standards are such fundamental components of the plan and implementation

This Seminar is Recommended For:
The seminar is appropriate for manufacturing leaders and industry professionals responsible for minimizing the risk of industrial cyber-attack.   The Cybersecurity Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improving the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

Participants Will:
  • Identify the importance of protecting critical infrastructure
  • Describe methods to implement the US Cybersecurity Framework
  • Identify elements of the International Society of Automation (ISA) Cybersecurity Standard IEC 62443
  • Learn the plans of North Carolina Emergency Management Agencies to protect our state’s critical infrastructure
This seminar is designed to raise awareness around the need to put the Framework’s guidelines into action and improve America’s defenses against industrial cyberattack.  The previous agenda is listed below:

8:30am – 8:45am: Welcome Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff
Vice Provost for Outreach & Engagement
NC State University
8:45am – 9:15am: White House Cybersecurity Executive Order
9:15am – 9:45am: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Presentation Adam Sedgewick
Senior Policy Advisor, NIST
9:45am – 9:50am: Introduction of ISA\IEC 62443 Speaker Michael Marlowe
Managing Director, Automation Federation
9:50am – 10:20am: ISA\IEC 62443 Standards Presentation Steve Mustard 
ISA 99 Security Standards Committee
10:20am – 10:30am: Break
10:30am – 10:35am: Introduction of ISA Cybersecurity Resources Speaker Michael Marlowe
Managing Director, Automation Federation
10:35am – 11:05am: ISA Cybersecurity Resources Presentation Pat Gouhin
Executive Director & CEO
International Society of Automation
11:05am – 11:45am: NC Emergency Management and NC National Guard Presentations
Michael Sprayberry
Director NC Emergency Management
11:45am – 12:00pm: NC State Industry Expansion Solutions Presentation
12:00pm: Program Concludes

About the Automation Federation:
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of 16 member organizations and six working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the “Voice of Automation.” Visit the Automation Federation for more information.

About the International Society of Automation:
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation.


About NC State Industry Expansion Solutions:
The Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the first of its kind in the United States, was established in 1955 to help North Carolina industries grow and prosper. More than 50 years later, our mission remains the same. As an outreach and extension organization affiliated with the NC State College of Engineering, we support industry and business in the workplace – whether that’s in the office, on the factory floor, at a hospital, inside a government facility, or on the job site.

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