ICIt 2021 Fall Briefing


This Briefing is Co-Chaired by ICIT and DLT Solutions an ICIT Fellow Program Member.

Crossing the Digital Divide

One of the outcomes of our increasingly interconnected operating environment is the rise in hybrid cyber-physical attacks. These hybrid attacks target both cyber and physical assets, blurring operational and cyber security strategies. Successful cyber-physical attacks may disrupt or deny critical infrastructure operations, making mitigation a top priority for public and private sector leaders.

The 2021 ICIT Fall Briefing Series was hosted on-line as a series of three weekly virtual events focused on cyber convergence or integrating physical and cyber security strategies. CISA suggests that business leaders develop a “…holistic security strategy that aligns cybersecurity and physical security functions…”. By bringing together top public and private sector leaders, ICIT is advancing the conversation about the importance of protecting our Nation’s critical infrastructures by hosting thought-provoking dialogue about the impact of cyber-physical attacks.

Each week featured presentations and sessions on a different theme.

Virtual Series:

Session 1: Disruptions from the Digital World: The Impact of Ransomware on Critical Infrastructure

Ransomware as an attack vector increased dramatically, with a 151% increase in 2021 compared to 2020. This session is a post-mortem style discussion on recent ransomware attacks that impacted critical infrastructures.

Ransomware prevention and mitigation is a reality for public and private sector leaders. Our executive panelists will debrief the incidents from their perspective and discuss the incident response and mitigation opportunities based on the lessons learned from these attacks.



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Session 2: Securing the Perimeter: Reconciling Zero Trust and The Expanding Attack Surface

2021 saw a marked increase in activity related to zero trust between increasingly sophisticated actors and the Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity mandating agencies develop implementation plans. However, these are not the only reasons leaders should embrace the zero trust model: IoT and IIoT devices and the rapid adoption of remote work environments have increased the attack surface for both cyber and physical attacks.

In this session, the executive panelists will discuss how applying the zero trust mindset to a converged security strategy can protect digital and physical assets. When physical and cyber security function in silos, organizations have a higher risk of vulnerabilities. Applying a unified zero trust mindset to security will decrease the risk for successful attacks.



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Session 3: Walking the Line: Balancing Innovation and Governance

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Briefing Summary:

With the ever-evolving cyber landscape, innovation and transformation are at the forefront of leader’s minds; however, at the same time, there is an increased focus on cybersecurity governance to ensure the development and compliance of minimum standards or best practices. As a result, leaders are tasked with balancing between differentiating their organizations with innovation and conforming with governance expectations.

In this fireside chat, we will hear from Ann Dunkin, CIO, DOE on balancing between compliance and optimizing security. In addition, this speaker will discuss to what extent organizations should focus on compliance with standards compared with developing state-of-the-art solutions and innovations.


  • Ann Dunkin, CIO, U.S. Department of Energy​​


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