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CSS program activities fall under 4 project areas, guided by a risk-based approach to improving cyber security. These include:
- Next generation control systems – research and development for accelerating the development and deployment of hardened control systems with built-in security.
- System vulnerability assessments – through rigorous tests, exploitable system vulnerabilities are revealed that could lead to development of system fixes.
- Integrated risk analysis – develop means for stakeholders to assess their security posture that will hasten the ability to mitigate potential risks.
- Partnership and outreach – through active partnerships engage all stakeholders and encourage collaborative developments and dissemination of critical security information.
DOE has been helping address the critical security challenges of energy control systems with a focused research and development effort, and integrated planning. The National SCADA Test Bed provides testing environments to help industry and government
Asset owners and operators, government agencies and other stakeholders are pursuing various strategies to improve control systems security. In the absence of a unifying framework, DOE partnered with the industry in 2006 to develop a Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Energy Sector to help focus these diverse efforts.
The Roadmap identifies critical needs and priorities for improving the security, reliability and functionality of control systems in the energy sector. DOE coordinated this roadmap development with DHS and relied on the energy sector to guide the process and ensure that the priorities reflect the needs of the energy sector. Table 1, extracted from the 2006 Roadmap, shows the vision, challenges, goals and milestones for securing energy control systems by the year 2015.
Komandur Sunder Raj is currently with General Physics Corporation (GP). From 2007-2008, he served as director of the Monitoring & Diagnostics Center at the GP offices in Amherst, N.Y. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing remote performance monitoring activities for a large number of power plants. The activities included monitoring key performance indicators, alerting and notification, quantifying and estimating performance losses and gains, reporting progress and providing recommendations for corrective actions. Sunder Raj has more than 40 years of power plant experience and has specialized in power plant performance, consulting, training and software development. He has authored, presented and published approximately 30 articles and papers and has been a member of ASME since 1968. He is past chairman of the ASME Plant Operations and Maintenance Committee and a member of ASME PTC-PM Performance Monitoring Guidelines Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Engineering Management. You may contact him by e-mailing email@example.com.
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