The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) established the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) to facilitate information sharing and reduce the risk to the nation’s industrial control systems.
The ICSJWG is a collaborative and coordinating body operating under the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) requirements. The ICSJWG provides a vehicle for communicating and partnering across all Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Sectors (CIKR) between federal agencies and departments, as well as private asset owners/operators of industrial control systems. The goal of the ICSJWG is to continue and enhance the collaborative efforts of the industrial control systems stakeholder community in securing CIKR by accelerating the design, development, and deployment of secure industrial control systems.
ICSJWG Working Activities
ICSJWG Working Activities strive to address ICS and critical infrastructure cybersecurity challenges; participation is encouraged!
The ICSJWG currently operates in part to develop products (such as white papers, best practices guidance, etc.) that address challenges to the critical infrastructure and industrial control systems communities. In the past, subgroups were established to develop these products. The ICSJWG has transitioned away from the standing subgroup model in favor of ad-hoc working activities to develop any products as needed or recommended by the ICS community and approved by the program office.
A handful of products remain, which have already been significantly developed under the subgroup model but require further assistance from the ICSJWG membership to complete and offer to the community. The out-standing products are listed below:
- Whitepaper to address issues resulting from the perception that technology applied to industrial control systems is often "IT-Grade" rather than "Control Systems-Grade" (IT vs. OT).
- Development of Control Systems Workforce competency requirements leading to establishment of recommendations for a professional development framework.
- Modification and enhancement of the "Cross-Sector Roadmap for Cybersecurity of Control Systems", an ICSJWG generated model which may be used across all sectors and communities.
Volunteer participation, by contributing ideas, sharing information, or working toward these solutions, is encouraged. For more information on any of the above-listed products, or to get involved with the ICSJWG in general, please contact us at ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov.
Please complete the Working Activity Plans as soon as possible and forward them to ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov in order to have them placed on the agenda of the Steering Committee.
The 2014 Spring ICSJWG Meeting in Indianapolis will bring together asset owners and operators, government professionals, vendors, systems integrators and academic professionals to discuss the latest initiatives impacting security of industrial control systems and interact with colleagues and peers addressing the risk of threats and vulnerabilities to their systems.
The goal of this meeting is to provide a venue wherein participants can obtain current information, research findings, and practical tools to enhance the security and resilience of industrial control systems. We are prioritizing strategies for establishing, maintaining, and expanding stakeholder collaboration and activities that facilitate communication among agencies and sectors and strengthen the public-private partnerships affecting the ICS community.
The meeting will include three days of presentations and discussions about ICS security. These three days will include keynote speakers, practical demonstrations, plenary sessions, panel presentations, and classified and non-classified briefings. More information about the meeting will be sent out as these special events are finalized. Watch for the Call-for-Abstracts, coming soon!
Register for the meeting by sending a registration request to ICSJWG.Communications@hq.dhs.gov. Include your name and company along with your Sector affiliation(s) and Role(s) with your request. Please register by May 12, 2014.
Note that this registration is for the meeting only, not for accommodations. There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the meeting. Should you need help in identifying these accommodations, please feel free to contact us.
If you are press- or media-affiliated, identify yourself as such during registration, either electronically or onsite.
The Program Office is also accepting abstracts for the 2014 Spring Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana! This spring we continue to look for new and unique presentations that address the ICS community across critical sectors, and have expanded the session types available for speakers.
Please request a Call for Abstracts - Abstract Submission Form for more information about our conference session types as well as abstract submission criteria and instructions. Please complete the form and return it to ICSJWG.Communications@hq.dhs.gov by March 31, 2014. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
Presentations or panels formatted as marketing or sales pitches for a company’s services, capabilities, or products will NOT be approved. The NCCIC/ICS-CERT and ICSJWG do not engage in endorsement or sponsorship.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We thank you for your abstracts and hope to see you in Indianapolis!
Previous Meeting Information
Please find presentations currently allowed to be posted at the appropriate Previous Meeting Information section below.
Please contact us if you have questions or wish copies of any of the following whitepapers or presentations.
- ICSJWG November 2013 Meeting
- ICSJWG May 2013 Whitepapers and Presentations
- ICSJWG 2012 Fall Conference
- ICSJWG 2012 Spring Conference
- ICSJWG 2011 Fall Conference
- ICSJWG 2011 Spring Conference
- ICSJWG 2010 Spring Conference
If you would like to submit a short article of general interest pertaining to control systems security, please send it to ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov for consideration. Submitted articles will be reviewed and approved by ICSJWG prior to publishing. Please note that marketing or sales presentations aimed at gaining the audience's interest in services, capabilities, or products cannot be approved. The deadline for submissions for the March 2014 Newsletter is March 7, 2014.
Copies of the current Newsletter and past Newsletters may be requested from ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov.
- December 2013
- September 2013
- June 2013
- March 2013
- December 2012
- September 2012
- June 2012
- March 2012