Simulated Real-World
Cybersecurity Event Training

In today’s technologically advanced environment, the substations, generation centers, compressor stations, pumping sites, and control rooms that are responsible for our nation’s critical infrastructure systems may be connected to the internet and vulnerable to cyberattacks. Hacking organizations around the world have already proven they can turn off the electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes by remotely accessing and changing the command settings of operational technology.

Many of these systems were designed and deployed for different threats than the ones emerging today. Adversaries are also flexible and capable of changing their tactics swiftly. Risk management practices for cybersecurity must keep pace with these changing conditions. With expensive price tags, long production lead times and lifespans that last several decades, replacing existing equipment is a difficult and costly endeavor.

To reduce the consequences of cyberphysical attacks, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER), in collaboration Idaho National Laboratory (INL), developed the CyberStrike™ training program. This program works to enhance the ability of energy sector owners and operators to prepare for a cyber incident impacting operational technology.


Lights Out

The CyberStrike™ LIGHTS OUT training workshop was designed to enhance the ability of energy sector owners and operators to prepare for a cyber incident impacting industrial control systems. This training offers participants a hands-on, simulated demonstration of a cyberattack, drawing from elements of the 2015 and 2016 cyber incidents in Ukraine.

Continuing Education Units

CyberStrike™ is accredited to issue IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of the LIGHT OUT training, trainees will be granted 0.8 CEUs

Disclaimer: Training personnel do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or gender expression/identity. Additionally, they do not possess proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service or material discussed in this course.

Contact Information

Michelle Farrell

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Cyberstrike Program


Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) addresses the emerging threats of tomorrow while protecting the reliable flow of energy to Americans today by improving energy infrastructure security and supporting the Department of Energy’s national security mission. CESER’s focus is preparedness and response activities to natural and man-made threats, while ensuring a stronger, more prosperous, and secure future for the nation.

Participating Organizations


Idaho National Laboratory is a world leader in providing industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity workforce training and development. The laboratory’s distinctive history in protecting critical infrastructure systems puts the lab at the forefront of thought leadership and applied innovation in critical infrastructure cybersecurity education. INL uses a comprehensive approach to developing ICS cybersecurity training programs that can be tailored to meet the energy sector’s needs identified by the DOE, utilities, and other organizations.

Idaho National Laboratory