Testing Cyber Resilience of Operational Technology in the Energy Sector
CyTRICS partners across stakeholders to identify high priority operational technology (OT) components, perform expert testing, share information about vulnerabilities in the digital supply chain, and inform improvements in component design and manufacturing.
CyTRICS leverages best-in-class test facilities and analytic capabilities at four DOE National Laboratories and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders including technology developers, manufacturers, asset owners and operators, and interagency partners.
CyTRICS PROGRAM SUPPORTS:
Supply Chain Executive Orders
National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 (Sec. 5726 Pilot Program)
Multiple critical infrastructure sub-sectors, including electricity, oil & natural gas, wind and other renewables, hydroelectrics, and other federal partners
Prioritization Methodology An approach to prioritizing OT components for testing that incorporates key factors including operational impact, prevalence, and national security interest. This approach provides a strategic, transparent rationale for testing components that optimizes security impact.
Standardized Testing Process DOE has developed and refined a standardized approach to enumerating and vulnerability testing firmware and software subcomponents. Standardization ensures consistency, repeatability, and comparability of results, to scale up testing and automation across Labs and partners.
Standardized Reporting and Repository CyTRICS captures testing results in a standard, bill of materials format that captures granular “digital ingredients” to the subcomponent level, to rapidly identify embedded high-risk components and subcomponents. The program features a central repository of testing results for comprehensive, sector-wide analysis of systemic risks and vulnerabilities.
CyTRICS partners with top manufacturers and utilities in the sector to sign participation Agreements to frame mutual cooperation prior to conducting testing. The standard agreement establishes types of software and firmware testing to be performed, timely disclosure of vulnerabilities identified during testing, and coordinated disclosure of vulnerability information with impacted asset owners, federal agencies, and energy sector stakeholder.
INL National and Homeland Securityis a world leader in providing industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity research 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 testing. INL uses a comprehensive approach to developing ICS cybersecurity research to meet the energy sector’s needs identified by the DOE, utilities, and other organizations. >> Read more on INL Control Systems Cybersecurity