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 will leverage some of INL’s existing ICS experience, research and training to

  • integrate of stakeholders and practitioners with similar interest in a consolidated framework,
  • develop common views on career pathways in OT cyber security, and
  • map foundational pedagogical paradigms to educate and train our workforce.

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EnergyWorker iconOver 90% of the national control systems cybersecurity workforce needs are NOT being met.


COP Groups and Subgroups

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

Standards and Curricula Group

Subgroups with respective facilitators and meeting schedules as available:

Standards Development
Developing educational standards for cybersecurity in industrial control systems.
Sean McBride, Idaho State University
     Meets first Tuesday of the month, 11AM–12PM (starts April 6)

Educational Landscapes and Pathways
Developing clear educational pathways for those wanting to go into industrial controls systems cybersecurity.
Paris Stringfellow, Clemson University
      Meets third Friday of the month, 3PM–4PM (starts April 16)

Educational Materials and Resources Repository
Building a repository of existing educational materials and resources and providing guidance on materials and resources to be developed.
Hoda Mehrpouyan, Boise State University

Hands-On Instruction
Developing more accessible hands-on instruction for educational setting.
Carl Schuett, QED Secure Solutions

Workforce Development and Career Paths Group

Subgroups with respective facilitators and meeting schedules as available:

Workforce Development and Career Paths
Identifying who and what security training needs are within an organization, sector, or industry.
Rob Beason and Shane Stailey, INL

Career Journey and Pathways
Developing cybersecurity talent pipeline and workforce development for the ‘current’ workforce.
Geri McGrath, International Society of Automation and Shane Stailey, INL
     Meets first Thursday of every other month, 10AM–11AM (starts April 1)

Workforce Pipeline Development
Creating faster throughput to the cybersecurity educational pipeline for the ‘future’ workforce.
Roger Plothow, Idaho Business for Education and Shane Stailey, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
     Meets first Wednesday of every other month, 10AM–11AM (starts April 7)

COP Committees

Steering Committee Members

Meets quarterly on the following dates from 10-11 AM:
June 16, 2021 and September 15, 2021

Wayne Austad – Wayne Austad is the 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 – Diana L. Burley, Ph.D., is 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 – Frank J. Cilluffo is the 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 – John A. “Drew” Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D., is a 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 – Sean McBride is the 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 – Amy Shaw is the 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 – Shane Stailey, Ph.D. is a 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.

Donyang Xu – Dongyan Xu is a Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science and Director of CERIAS, Purdue’s cybersecurity research center. His research focuses on cyber and cyber-physical security. He has also made early contributions to the areas of cloud computing and peer-to-peer media streaming/distribution. He is part of the Purdue System Security Lab (PurSec).

Program Committee Members

Meets the third Thursday of the month from 10-11 AM (April 15)

  • Joshua Duersch, Interim Dept. Chair of IT Services and Cyber Security Programs, College of Eastern Idaho
  • Michael Haney, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Center for Secure and Dependable Systems, University of Idaho
  • Larry Liebrock, Visiting Professor, College of Science/Engineering (COSE), Idaho State University
  • Sin Ming Loo, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Cyber Lab for Industrial Control Systems (CLICS), Boise State University
  • Paris Stringfellow, leads CyMANII Trustworks and is Program Director for the Risk Engineering and System Analytics Center, Clemson University
  • Geanie Umberger, Executive Director of P-CAP (Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program) and Clinical Professor, Purdue University


ICS Education, Training, and Workforce Development Workshop 2020

Cyber-CHAMP Lightning Talk (video)

Building an Industrial Cybersecurity Workforce

Resources and Materials

In this area you will find 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.


ICS Education, Training, and Workforce Development Workshop 2020

This Community will hold periodic Workshops as well that will be open to the public and will provide additional deliverable and action items to the community at large.

The first workshop was held virtually in Fall 2020 and had the following successes: 

  • 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

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

Cyber-CHAMP Lightning Talk (video)

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


Stailey-Shane_CYBER-CHAMP-LightningTalk.mp4 from Resilience Week on Vimeo.


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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