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Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG)

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 2012 Fall Meeting



ICSJWG 2015 Spring Meeting

The Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group
invites you to Washington, DC June 23 - 24, 2015!

Meeting will be at the Wilbur J. Cohen Building, 330 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Spring ICSJWG Meeting in Washington, DC will bring together asset owners and operators, government professionals, vendors, systems integrators and academic professionals to discuss the latest initiatives impacting the security of our critical infrastructure. For this meeting, we are shifting priorities towards expanding stakeholder collaboration by providing activities that facilitate inter-sector communication and strengthen role interactions and networking.

This meeting provides an opportunity for government professionals (federal, state, local, tribal, and international), control systems vendors and systems integrators, research and development and academic professionals, asset-owners & operators, to interface with cyber security peers and stay abreast of the latest initiatives impacting security for industrial control systems and our critical infrastructure.

The meeting will include two days of interactions and discussions about security of our critical infrastructure.  These two days will    include keynote speakers, practical demonstrations, plenary presentations, panel presentations, and non-classified briefings. We are planning for a classified briefing on June 25 at 9AM for about two hours at a different location (for US Citizens only). Please feel free to register for that as well at the registration site if you already have an active clearance at Secret level or above.

Register for the meeting by visiting our link at https://secure.inl.gov/icsjwg2015. Please indicate your name and company along with your Sector affiliation(s). For US Citizens, you may also advise us during your registration whether you wish to attend a classified briefing (for which a Secret level clearance will be required). We will provide details about additional information or steps which will be needed for the classified briefing.

Please register no later than June 19, 2015Note that this registration is for the meeting only, not for accommodations. A strict cut-off date of June 19 is set for the classified briefing.

There is no cost to attend this event.  However, travel, accommodations, meals, beverages, and other incidental expenses are solely the responsibility of the event participants and will NOT be covered by ICSJWG or NCCIC/ICS-CERT. Attendees will need to provide for their own local accommodations & transportation and arrange for travel and meals.

Should you need additional guidance, please contact us at ICSJWG.Communications@hq.dhs.gov and we will provide you with logistics information such as directions, parking, hotel and restaurant locations. The information provided will be publicly available, and is not endorsed or sponsored by DHS or ICSJWG.

Abstracts are still being accepted for this meeting (see below) and are due by April 22, 2015 COB EST.

We are excited about how this meeting is shaping up annd look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

Call for Abstracts

The Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group - 2015 Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, June 23 - 24, 2015

The Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) Program Office is still accepting abstracts for the 2015 Spring Meeting in Washington, DC!  We are offering avenues for members to engage in discussion on key issues of importance to the ICS community, including plenary presentations, plenary panels, interactive demonstrations, and “Lunch & Learn” sharing sessions. A description of each session type is below.

Please note that we will consider topics among a wide range of issues important to industrial control systems security and resilience across critical infrastructure.  However, we are particularly interested in submissions addressing complex challenges and new solutions, industry “how to’s”, mitigation techniques, and lessons learned.

Session Descriptions

  • Plenary Presentations – Plenary presentations are intended to highlight key issues of importance to the ICS community across the spectrum of security and resilience for industrial control systems.  All plenary presentation submissions must provide information that is notable, timely, relevant and engaging. Plenary sessions will be held in the main auditorium of the venue, will address the widest audience of attendees and should be approximately 45 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes of Q&A.
  • Plenary Panel – Plenary panels are intended to showcase key issues in a more interactive format than plenary presentations. Plenary panels would consist of a moderated panel of up to four panelists engaged in discussion and/or debate about an issue critical to the ICS community.  Plenary panels will also be held in the main auditorium of the venue. Plenary panels are limited to up to one (1) hour with up to five (5) panelists and a moderator, with an extended question and answer time of up to 30 minutes from the audience. 
  • Interactive Demonstrations – Interactive demonstrations provide members with the opportunity to showcase and display new tools, techniques and methods in industrial control systems security. Multiple Interactive demonstrations will be held in the meeting space simultaneously, allowing members to rotate among the demonstrations to ask experience the systems and ask questions for up to about two hours. Demonstrations should be approximately 30 minutes in length with 15 minutes of Q&A and/or hands-on use of the tool, technique or method. Exact duration and times will be determined by the PMO after submissions and logistics are identified.
  • “Lunch and Learn” Sharing Session – The popular Lunch & Learn sharing sessions will return for a short presentation during 30 minutes of the lunch hour. These sharing sessions should place a priority on engaging the audience as learners, and seek to increase the knowledge base of attendees on an issue of the presenter’s choice related to ICS security and resilience. Lunch and learn sharing sessions should provoke thought and discussion amongst attendees. Presenters should use no more than half of their allotted time to present information. The remaining half of the session will be reserved for dialogue and exchange with the audience.

New addition: Cyber 10 Minute Countdown – 10 Minute Countdowns will consist of ten (10) minute prepared talks that would be presented to corporate or agency decision makers to present proposed solutions to problems; discuss innovative, emerging or ongoing research;  or other “elevator talk” persuasive statement. The topics for 10 Minute Countdowns will be addressed to SMEs selected by the ICSJWG Steering Team from the ICSJWG Community who have successfully presented these kinds of overviews to Financial and Technical officers of companies and agencies. The SMEs will have the opportunity for up to an additional 10 minutes to recommend edits or additional information which may make the original talk more effective – essentially an ad hoc peer review.  This is a new, innovative approach to help the ICSJWG membership succeed.  Please do not include proprietary information in these talks which would be unauthorized to share with professionals outside of your company or agency.

Submission Details

To submit an abstract in any of the above session categories, members must submit an Abstract Submission Form  with all appropriate information. Presenters may submit more than one abstract submission; however, each submission requires its own form. Feel free to contact us at ICSJWG.Communications@hq.dhs.gov for an additional form or for more information. The form is also hyperlinked above.

Proposed abstracts for any of the above must be submitted by close of business Eastern Time April 22, 2015 to ICSJWG.Communications@hq.dhs.govSubmissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Authors of accepted abstracts will be contacted by the Program Office and an agreed-to date for receipt of the final version of the presentation will be set.

All abstracts will be reviewed and recommendations for inclusion made by the ICSJWG Steering Team (IST).  Presentations or panels formatted as marketing or sales pitches for a company’s services, capabilities, or products will NOT be approved.  Note that moderators will be present at all presentations to ensure the non-marketing standards are met. The NCCIC/ICS-CERT and ICSJWG does not engage in endorsement or sponsorship.

This meeting will have presentations for the entire group (no breakout sessions). For this reason, we have a limited number of slots available for presentations and demonstrations. While we will make every attempt to accommodate all submitted abstracts, some will not be chosen – not because of quality or content, but because of time limitations given the format of the meeting. We encourage those who are not selected to allow us to associate your submission with the meeting and distribute it as a whitepaper or presentation after the event upon request by the membership. Alternatively, you can resubmit the presentation for consideration at the next face-to-face meeting. Send an email to ICSJWG.Communications@hq.dhs.gov if you want to submit a presentation or whitepaper to be available to the ICSJWG community at large without presenting at the event.


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.

Volunteer participation, by contributing ideas, sharing information, or working toward these solutions, is encouraged. For more information about getting involved with a working activity, or to get involved with the ICSJWG in general, please contact us at 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 Newsletters

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 2015 Newsletter is March 13, 2015.

Copies of the current Newsletter and past Newsletters may be requested from ICSJWG@hq.dhs.gov.

  • March 2015
  • December 2014
  • September 2014
  • June 2014
  • March 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
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