Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology 2022 Spring Briefing Roundup
Yesterday, I attended the morning session of the ICIT (Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology) 2022 Spring Briefing. It was the first in-person conference I’ve attended in two years and it was well attended. There were a few themes that emerged from the briefing that I believe all state and local government executives should note:
- Physical and data security are merging faster than ever. There are a number of factors contributing to this trend:
- The movement to remote work, resulting in networks with no boundaries across highly dispersed geographies.
- IoT, while it can provide great intelligence at the “edge”, also represents potential gateways to critical infrastructure and government agencies.
- One long-term key to success in establishing cyber security in government is establishing cyber literacy throughout the population and creating and maintaining good cyber hygiene in organizations – particularly government organizations representing critical infrastructure.
- Organizations must assess their vulnerabilities in the context of the objectives of bad actors. Do they want money, disruption, political outcomes, or something else?
A strong keynote address was delivered by Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director of CISA. Natarajan spoke about how the 500+ field personnel of CISA are tasked to work with state and local governments to assess and combat risks and threats and to provide a conduit to other federal agencies (e.g., FBI) that can help state and local government with cyber preparedness and other issues. Following is a link to the CISA regional offices: https://www.cisa.gov/cisa-regions.
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