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The Benefits of Cyber Assessment Training

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posted on 2023-03-14, 03:16 authored by Rhonda BrownRhonda Brown, Alexander PetrilliAlexander Petrilli

  

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrasturcture Security Agency (CISA), an operational and support component of the Department of Homeland Security, defines 16 critical infrastructure sectors “whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are  considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or  destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national  economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination  thereof.” A major challenge for CISA in  securing the nation’s critical infrastructure is that much of the  infrastructure is composed of assets whose security postures are under  the control and authority of non-governmental organizations. How can  CISA effectively enable these organizations to be as resilient as  possible?

In this blog post, we:

  • discuss how cybersecurity assessments can help critical infrastructure organizations improve their cybersecurity,
  • describe a set of assessment tools developed by the SEI CERT Division that the U.S. government offers for free,
  • show how use of these tools can help to create an ecosystem for reducing the nation’s cybersecurity risks.

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