Cyberspace represents an international domain comprised of global assets, systems, and networks (physical or virtual) so vital to our societies, economies, public health, safety, and ways of life, that incapacitation or destruction could have debilitating and catastrophic impacts. Global Critical Infrastructures (90% owned by the private sector) include Aviation/Aerospace, Finance, Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Manufacturing, Emergency Services, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Health, Transportation, and Water.
We stand at an extraordinary opportunity to leverage connecting global trusted public/private cybersecurity assets and resources, breaking down barriers and silos.
Via a public/private partnership, The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research (GICSR) has been established at NASA/Kennedy Space Center, representing a strategic international collaborative partnership to advance critical infrastructure resilience via innovation in cybersecurity research, technologies, intelligence, information sharing, coordinated response capabilities, and role/performance-based awareness and workforce education.
In addition to ongoing threats of terrorism, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms, floods, pandemics, and pest migrations; cybersecurity threats represent one of the most dangerous and critical threats to global security. If fully exploited, cyber attacks can do critical harm to global defense systems and critical infrastructures (Aviation and Aerospace, Banking and Finance, Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Emergency Services, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Health, Transportation, Water).
No longer can physical and cybersecurity be viewed separately. Critical infrastructure resilience must incorporate the convergence of physical and cyber security, aligning emergency/disaster and cyber response protocols. In addition to the protection of physical facilities and systems, civil protection and emergency management include the communications and data technologies reliant on satellites and systems key in increasing timeliness and ultimately the success of response, before, during and after emergency events.
The security of a nation’s critical infrastructures are dependent upon a vast number of sector and cross-sector stakeholders. Successful cybersecurity strategies must incorporate global stakeholders working together as a trusted community to share security situational awareness intelligence; research proactive and reactive countermeasure solutions, tools and technologies, and coordinate incident response and recovery.
Developing and sustaining a real-time situational awareness capacity of global threats and vulnerabilities, understanding the physical and cyber aspects of how infrastructures are functioning and having capabilities to respond and recover from the cascading consequences of infrastructure failures requires a global public-private partnership.
The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research, led by the private sector, is the trusted international collaborative infrastructure supporting focused open dialogue, critical insight and thought exchange to address critical infrastructure resilience all hazards prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.
In addition to next gen cybersecurity research, trusted tools and technologies, the demand for skilled security professionals continues to rapidly expand as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in securing their infrastructures and data. Cybersecurity represents tremendous opportunities for sustainable careers. The lack of an accessible skilled cybersecurity workforce possessing the knowledge, skills and innovation required to fight cybercrime leaves global critical infrastructures at high risk.
In collaboration with the NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), security expert organizations, academia and certification organizations, GICSR provides critical infrastructure owners and operators with access to next-gen cybersecurity education courses; programs and services; including customized role-based workforce development education services; design, development and facilitation of cyber exercises; and modeling and simulation support.
December 10, 2015