At the closed door October 2015 Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology Fellows Meeting, Fellows and government leaders convened to discuss the top threats facing critical infrastructure sectors and the technologies and strategies which can mitigate risk. The top challenges identified include an expanding attack surface driven by IoT and increases in mobile devices, better organized and well connected threat actors, the proliferation of custom exploit kits via Malware-as-a-Service distribution models and a lack of adequately skilled cybersecurity professionals.
During the panel, ICIT Fellow and NASA Ames Research Center CIO Jerry Davis spoke about security initiatives at his organization, which include a newly proposed cybersecurity training and fusion center dubbed “Gryphon X” which would foster government and industry collaboration and yield applied research in the field of critical infrastructure security. Col. John Brickey from the Army Cyber Institute talked about the changing cybersecurity culture at the DoD and collaboration initiatives designed to spur innovation. Representing industry, ICIT Fellow Jeff Ait (V.P. Public Sector, Blackberry) talked about the role vendors play in supporting government initiatives and the impact a ‘mobile government’ is having on the sector’s cybersecurity posture.
ICIT also formally welcomed two new Fellows during the meeting: Centrify and Raytheon / Websense. Blackberry, NASA Ames Research Center and Securonix, who have been active for several months, were also formally welcomed at the meeting.