The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) 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.
Further information regarding the recommended changes to the ICSJWG will be provided via a conference call and webinar in December 2013.
The ICSJWG 2013 Fall Meeting in Rockville, Maryland provided an opportunity for asset owners and operators, government professionals, vendors, systems integrators, R&D, and academic professionals to discuss the latest initiatives impacting security of industrial control systems and interact with colleagues and peers who may be addressing the risk of threats and vulnerabilities to their systems.
While the duration and the number of participants was limited by circumstances, the overall feedback was very positive and indicated that the meeting provided value to the community. The venue and time for the next face-to-face meeting has not yet been determined; however, we are assured that it will happen.
Should any member have any questions about this meeting, please contact us at ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov and we will be happy to provide you with any details which are available.
Presentations from this meeting are available upon request from ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov.
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 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
- December 2011
- September 2011
- June 2011
- March 2011
- December 2010
- September 2010
- June 2010
- May 2010
- April 2010
- February 2010
- January 2010
- September 2009
- July 2009