The community of practice (COP) brings together professionals focused on industrial cybersecurity (ICS) education, training and workforce development efforts throughout government, academia, and industry. The foundation of the group leverages INL’s existing ICS experience, research and training to:

  • INTEGRATE  stakeholders and practitioners with similar interest in a consolidated framework,
  • DEVELOP common views on career pathways in operational technology (OT) cybersecurity, and
  • MAP foundational pedagogical paradigms to educate and train our workforce.

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industrial cybersecurity technicianOver 90% of the national control systems cybersecurity workforce needs are NOT being met.


SURVEY: Knowledge Needed to Secure Control Systems?

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The International Society of Automation Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISA GCA), Idaho State University (ISU), and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) request your help to determine a reasonable foundational set of knowledge needed to secure control systems – to which traditional IT, computer science, or cybersecurity students and professionals are not normally exposed. >> READ MORE ABOUT SURVEY


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The survey will take 20-30 minutes.

Community of Practice Governance

For more focused discussions and collaboration, the COP is divided into the following working groups:

Workforce Pipeline Development and Career Pathways
Developing a talent pipeline for the current workforce and creating a faster cybersecurity educational pipeline for the future workforce.
Shane Stailey, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Geri McGrath, International Society of Automation
Roger Plothow, Idaho Business for Education

Standards Development and Hands-On Instruction
Developing educational standards and more accessible hands-on instruction for industrial control systems cybersecurity.
Sean McBride, Idaho State University
Carl Schuett, QED Secure Solutions

Steering Committee Members

Wayne Austad – Chief Technology Officer for the National and Homeland Security Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Chief R&D Officer for CyManII, a Manufacturing USA institute focused on economically viable and pervasive cybersecurity in automation and supply chain.

Diana Burley – Vice Provost for Research at American University (AU) where she is also Professor of Public Administration and Policy and Professor of IT & Analytics. Dr. Burley is a cybersecurity expert who regularly conducts cybersecurity training for executives across North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on managing cybersecurity risk, assessing the threat environment, and strengthening organizational cybersecurity posture.

Frank Cilluffo – Director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. Cilluffo is a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, and he’s routinely called upon to advise senior officials in the executive branch, U.S. Armed Services, and state and local governments on an array of matters related to national and homeland security strategy and policy.

Drew Hamilton – Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of MSU’s Center for Cyber Innovation. Previously he served as Alumni Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University where he established Auburn’s Cyber Security program. He is a Fellow and former President of the Society for Modeling & Simulation, International (SCS), and former Chair of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Simulation (SIGSIM).

Sean McBride – Industrial Cybersecurity Program Coordinator within the College of Technology at Idaho State University and Joint Appointee with Idaho National Laboratory. Within Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology Education Center (ESTEC) and functioning as a joint appointee with the Idaho National Laboratory, Sean McBride infuses engineering technology students with critical cybersecurity skills.

Amy Shaw – Director of Compliance, Risk and Security at Idaho Power Company. As Idaho Power’s Compliance, Risk & Security Director, Amy oversees the teams focused on the risk management, cyber security, physical security, regulatory compliance, and environmental compliance activities of the company. 

Shane Stailey – Senior Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Professional and Training and Opportunities Lead at Idaho National Laboratory in the National and Homeland Security directorate. Shane has three decades of success in learning, teaching, broadening, and applying information across multiple business streams with a spectrum of technical variety.

Ida Ngambeki – Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University. She is the Executive Director of the Purdue Cybersecurity Education Training Network and Resources and Director of the Cybersecure Behavior Lab. Dr. Ngambeki graduated from Smith College with a B.S. in Engineering and from Purdue University with a PhD. in Engineering Education.


November 2021

May 2021

November 2020


Cyber-CHAMP ICSJWG Presentation

Building an Industrial Cybersecurity Workforce

Workshops, Resources and Materials

In this area you will find Workshop information and a variety of resources and materials that are related to Industrial Cybersecurity Education, Training and Workforce Development for critical infrastructures in the power and energy sectors.

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November 2021

ICS Education and Training Workshop

November 18, 2021 • 10 AM – 2PM MT

May 2021

Industrial cybersecurity workforce workshop

Tuesday, May 18, 2021  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM MST


November 2020

Industrial cybersecurity workforce workshop, national and homeland security, homeland security, national security, nhs, n&hs, critical infrastructure, security research

November 10, 2020 • 9 AM – 3:30 PM MST


Highlights includes kick-off message from INL Associate Director, Zach Tudor and and keynote addresses from Idaho Senator, James Risch, and DOE-CESER representative, Sean Plankey. Highlights include:

  • 200+ registered participants, representing industry, academia, and government
  • Registered participants for both a Workforce Development Working Group and/or Education & Training Working Group
  • All Idaho universities represented with community college participation
  • Opportunity to demonstrate capability and expertise at national scale

Cyber-CHAMP ICSJWG Presentation

Many organizations are not sure where to start in improving cybersecurity and/or ICS cybersecurity.  There is a lack of an ICS workforce structure where associated cyber functions and roles are well defined.  There is also a need to increase ICS workforce cybersecurity competency and understand how and why it is important.

The CYBER-CHAMP© model can be applied to any role within any organization, and the outcomes will be:

  • Current ICS Cybersecurity progression
  • Roadmap for improvement
  • ICS Cybersecurity workforce profile – current and future needs
  • ICS competency health – the current state of cybersecurity workforce
  • Learning paths by role
  • Continuous improvement program

Building an Industrial Cybersecurity Workforce

This is the first in a series of guidebooks dedicated to the important topic of developing an industrial cybersecurity workforce. Other publications will include “A Human Resources Guide” for Human Resource (HR) personnel seeking to ensure the effectiveness of industrial cybersecurity personnel, and “A Career Development Guide” for individuals seeking to develop industrial cybersecurity competencies.

This guide will aid managers in answering four pivotal questions:

  1. Are you ready to build an industrial cybersecurity team?
  2. How do you structure your industrial cybersecurity team?
  3. What does you industrial cybersecurity team need to know?
  4. What does your industrial cybersecurity team need to do?

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