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
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Region 6 CIP Workgroup’s Cyber Security Exercise!
Practice a community cyber security response approach with our interactive exercise.
Understand how the region works to stabilize critical infrastructure functions, minimize health and safety threats, and efficiently restore and revitalize systems and services to support a viable, resilient community.
Explore how your organization’s Cyber Plan could integrate with the WA State Cyber Annex to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Understand your organization’s capacity for timely communications in support of security, situational
awareness. Examine response operations between impacted communities, organizations and response
Build trust among technology and security practitioners.
Hear the best practices in providing decision makers with relevant information regarding the nature and extent of the threat, interdependencies, and the status of the response.
Practice the deployment of shared cyber responder resources.
Free cyber incident response template
Interactive scenario based board game
Discussion on viability of emergency cyber credentialing system
Who should attend:
Limited to 200 participants
The cyber board game requires technical knowledge. Other stakeholders are invited to observe gameplay.
To register, click here!
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.