Global Critical Infrastructure Resilience

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.

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All-Hazards Protection

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.

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Cooperation, Collaboration & Coordination

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.

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Cybersecurity Professional Development

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.

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March 31, 2016

Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing & Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO).

The Maritime & Port Security ISAO was announced at the Port Security Operations Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida on March 31, 2016. The MPS-ISAO is headquartered at The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research’s Global Situational Awareness Center and is leveraging GICSR’s Cyber Threat Intelligence and Response infrastructure to support Maritime and Port owners and operators.

February 18, 2016

The Global Forum to Advance Cyber Resilience held its inaugural meeting at the Kogod Cyber Governance Center, American University, in Washington, DC.

Responding to a call-to-action to strengthen critical infrastructure cyber resilience, the Forum’s goals are strategically focused on providing a “disciplined approach” to operationalize the delivery of cyber resilience “mission-driven” services through the integration of service management and cyber resilience.

GICSR, a founder of the Global Forum, looks forward to the best practice cyber resilience operational guidance that will result from this exciting international collaboration.

January, 2016

The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research announces implementation of the Global Cyber Range to provide critical infrastructure owners and operators access to cybersecurity workforce education, resources to support development of organization-specific training, and a customizable virtual range environment to practice cyber skills, currently with over 400 exercises. Access to the Range and Cyber Education Catalog will be released on February 29, 2016.

December 10, 2015

The Global Institute for Cybersecurity + Research announces adoption of the RESILIA Cyber Resilience Best Practice Portfolio and its certified training as a
core component of the GICSR Global Cyber Range supporting the Cybersecurity
Professional, including a virtual network environment to apply theory to practice.
For more information, click “RESILIA” in the Menu Bar above.