CISA’s Role in Industrial Control Systems


Critical infrastructure (CI) across all sectors depend on control systems for safe and efficient operation. Advancing the security and resilience of industrial control systems (ICS) is one of CISA’s top priorities. As the lead federal agency responsible for helping CI partners manage ICS security risk, we partner with government and industry to deploy the technologies and practices that will guard critical infrastructure from the threats of today, while building innovative capabilities to defend against emerging threats on the horizon.

CISA’s Industrial Control Systems Priorities and Goals 

The security of industrial control systems is among the most important aspects of our collective effort to defend cyberspace. As ever, CISA remains committed to working with the industrial control systems (ICS) community to address both urgent operational cyber events and long-term ICS risk.

While the ICS risk landscape evolves, this truth remains: the only way the nation can permanently shift the cybersecurity advantage to ICS cyber defenders is through collective action.

Building on CISA’s “Securing Industrial Control systems: A Unified Initiative,” published in 2020, CISA’s efforts to reduce cyber risk to control systems center around four core priorities.

  • We must defend ICS environments against the most urgent threats.
  • Find and defeat adversaries before they cause harm. CISA and its partners will work together to improve visibility in OT environments so that we identify and defeat malicious activity quickly before it causes wide-spread harm.
  • We must equip critical infrastructure owners and operators and cyber defenders with the technologies and tools required to dramatically raise adversary time, costs, and technical barriers.
  • Finally, we must sustain operational resilience by addressing systemic weaknesses to better enable control systems to withstand cyber incidents with minimal impact to critical infrastructure.

With those priorities in mind, here are 3 goals we’re working on:

  • Goal #1:  CISA is working to develop and publish cross-sector and sector-specific cybersecurity performance goals – or CPG – across critical infrastructure sectors
    • CISA is leading an effort with the NIST to develop Cybersecurity Performance Goals, that apply to IT and OT owners across all critical infrastructure sectors. 
    • The CPGs will contain actionable, measurable, attestable, and easily-implementable controls for IT and OT owners that significantly reduce risk to their enterprises and national security more broadly.
    • Once finalized, the Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Performance Goals will supersede the preliminary control systems performance goals established in fall of 2021.
  • Goal #2: CISA is significantly investing in our ICS workforce, especially technical experts. That means we’re hiring! Come work with us!
  • Goal #3: CISA will continue to collaborate cross-agency and with industry to track, detect, analyze, and respond to novel threats.

Quick Links 

Save time browsing.  Here are the most commonly accessed CISA resources by the ICS community.

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Report a Vulnerability

Report an ICS vulnerability on CISA’s vulnerability disclosure platform, VINCE.

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Partnerships and Engagement

CISA’s Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) facilitates information sharing and collaboration to reduce the risk to the nation’s industrial control systems.

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Training

CISA offers free in-person and virtual ICS training courses and workshops to the community.

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ICS Advisories

Visit CISA’s ICS Advisories pages for timely notifications and information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, exploits, and threats.

 

 

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CISA’s ICS Offerings  

CISA offers a wide range of free products and services to support the ICS community's cybersecurity security risk management efforts. Visit this full catalog of all CISA ICS Service Offerings with additional details for each service listed. 

Assessment Services 

Threat Hunting and Incident Response 

  • Threat Hunting: Helping partners search for adversary activity in the absence of confirmed threats, and conducting activities pertaining to new vulnerabilities, and behavioral characteristics of emergent malware 
  • Incident Response: Providing incident response support and forensic analysis to victims of ICS-related attacks 

Partnerships and Engagement

Technical Products and Services 

Information Exchange 

Vulnerability Coordination and Disclosure 

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Additional Resources

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We're hiring ICS technical experts! For more info or other jobs, visit CISA’s Careers page

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