In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of March 20, 2017

Posted: March 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm, Last Updated: March 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we present articles related to elections systems, the ongoing development of Trump Administration critical infrastructure policy, and coverage of the INL/DHS industrial control system training course that has just completed its tenth year of operation.


Dem Bill Would Codify Elections as Critical Infrastructure

Joe Uchill, writing for The Hill, covers the introduction of the Securing America’s Future Elections Act (SAFE Act) in the House of Representatives, which would codify former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s decision to reclassify elections as critical infrastructure. Cosponsored by three House Democrats, the bill would also reauthorize the Election Assistance Commission and create several programs testing voting machine security.

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DHS Focusing Efforts on Strengthening Protection of Critical Infrastructure, Dot-Gov Sites

Meredith Somers from Federal News Radio reports on the Trump Administration plans to focus on critical infrastructure security through strengthening DHS’s “neighborhood watch” program and identifying high-value infrastructure targets. This program aims to improve shared indicators between industry participants and increase liability and privacy protections.

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Four Thousand Trained to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

Idaho National Laboratory and DHS have announced their most recent graduating class of the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity (301) training course, which since April 2007 has included more than 4,000 participants. The training provides industry professionals information on the nation’s current network environment and teaches defensive and mitigation strategies to protect control of system networks.

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