Date Published: January 2018
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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at NIST is proposing a project to enhance the energy sector’s asset management capabilities for operational technology (OT). This project will include the development of a reference design and use commercially available technologies to develop an example solution that will help energy organizations address the security challenges of OT asset management.
Vulnerabilities in OT assets present opportunities for malicious actors to cause disruptions and power outages. To properly assess cybersecurity risk within the OT network, energy companies must be able to identify all their assets, especially the most critical.
This project will describe methods for managing, monitoring, and baselining assets and will also include information to help identify threats to these OT assets. It will result in a publicly available NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a detailed implementation guide of the practical steps required to implement a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this challenge.
Keywords industrial control system(s) (ICS); malicious actor; monitoring; operational technology (OT); energy sector asset management (ESAM); supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA)