Cyber attacks from a wide variety of sources, ranging from independent and organized criminals, to state-sponsored have progressively increased. There have been cyber attacks on networks that run critical functions throughout the world. Cyber attacks and security breaches cost the economy billions of dollars and they may cause downtime and risk stoppage of vital services blocked by catastrophic system failure from weakened, critical infrastructure.
The United States, Canada, and the world at large has shifted the control of critical processes in electricity, oil production, water, manufacturing, and communications to networked computers. These systems, known in industry as either process control systems or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, are now responsible for the uninterrupted operation of services that we consider essential for our way of life.
Partnerships & Series
Idaho Partnership: In 2014, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Center for Regional Disaster Resilience formed a partnership in order to advance cross-sector initiatives which facilitate public-private, cross jurisdictional regional efforts to develop a disaster resilient state and region. In the face of emerging risks to economic and national security, action is needed to address crucial regional infrastructure interdependencies in energy, telecommunications, transportation, water systems and other infrastructures.
Emerald Down Series: Since 2004, PNWER has hosted numerous exercises focused on cyber security interdependencies to encourage the development of public-private cyber partnerships. These efforts have led to the development of a public-private cyber resilience coalition called the Cyber Incident Response Coalition & Analysis Sharing (CIRCAS). The CIRCAS coalition works closely with PNWER's CRDR to develop an annual exercise called Emerald Down to continue to strengthen the region’s plans.
2017 Emerald Down V: Regional Cyber Security Exercise
When: February 16, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood WA, 98499
Government personnel, critical infrastructure managers and major employers put their understanding of cyber threats and resources into action Thursday, February 16 at the Emerald Down V Regional Cybersecurity Exercise.
The daylong exercise held at the Clover Park Technical College brought together 133 attendees looking to improve their organizations' cyber plans, build relationships with other regional technology and security practitioners, and practice community cyber security response within an interactive cybersecurity board game.
The game is one in a series of Sand Table Resilience Games created by James Rollins, Managing Partner at Takouba. This cybergame simulates methods used by different types of hackers to access and exploit a network, such as a phishing attack for sensitive information. Network defenders then use tools and policies to try and stave off attacks, and can call for help from available resources.
"We're not looking for winners and losers. We want participants to understand how the types of cyberattacks that might occur and what tools they have to counter them," said Eric Holdeman, director of the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR). "The goal is for guests to learn how to report a cyber attack, who can help and what resources they might expect in response."
Holdeman said a main theme of the exercise is to develop community cybersecurity response capability, where public and private entities are encouraged to securely share information on an attack to alert each other and hopefully and collectively or find solutions.
"A growing number of attacks are not immediately detected. If businesses and governments can share information about an ongoing problem, they have a better chance to collectively develop a patch or counter as a coordinated whole instead of reacting as individual organizations," Holdeman said.
This year marks the fifth Emerald Down cybersecurity event organized by the CRDR in support of the public-private partnership efforts being led and funded by the King County Office of Emergency Management, and their Critical Infrastructure Committee.
"Today's exercise brought together a wide array of stakeholders to focus on improving preparedness and resilience to the growing threat of cyber intrusions," said Walt Hubbard, director of King County Office of Emergency Management. "This is a great example of what we're striving to achieve in all areas of emergency management in King County."
Free cyber incident response template
Interactive scenario based board game
Discussion on viability of emergency cyber credentialing system
2016 Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependencies Workshop
When: September 12th, 2016, 9:00am - 5:00pm (8:00am - Networking breakfast and registration; speakers begin at 9:00am)
Where: St Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID
Lunch is provided
Small Business Information
From reactive to proactive
Idaho Cybersecurity Small Business Seminars
When: July 26 or July 27 (half-day)
Where: Various Locations
Join us for a free seminar to help identify best practices for cybersecurity that can be implemented in your organization. Participants will hear from experts in the fields of cybersecurity, legal, insurance, and emergency management to gain a better idea of the risks and learn how they can protect their business and employees.
There are four available seminar sessions:
2015 Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependencies Workshop
Event Summary and Report
2015 Emerald Down IV
Puget Sound Cyber Security Workshop
The purpose of the exercise was to examine current cyber-event preparedness and management capabilities with focus on response planning and recovery mitigation; including roles and responsibilities for public sector entities; public, private and non-profit sector interdependencies and collaboration; responding within regulatory requirements; and utilizing current communication capabilities to identify areas for improvement that can strengthen cyber security resilience.
2014 Idaho Cybersecurity Interdependencies Workshop
Event Summary and Report
Cyber Security Seminar
The purpose of the seminar was to share information between members of the private, non-profit and public sectors on cyber security issues associated with critical infrastructure and to build relationships between stakeholders. The Seminar was held June 2010 in Seattle, WA.
PNWER invited Idaho National Labs to provide a SCADA Awareness training seminar for Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators. Regional Stakeholders received a unique opportunity to learn about threats and methods deployed by Nation State actors, terrorists and criminals.
For more information on our cyber security programs, please contact Brandon Hardenbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.