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ICIT Initiatives

ICIT Initiatives bridge the gap between the private and public sector cybersecurity community, technology providers, and policymakers by creating new resources, educating stakeholders, and facilitating forums for meaningful collaboration and relationship building.

ICIT initiatives integrate innovative research and publications with high-impact briefings and events to arm decision makers with education, meaningful peer-to-peer networking, and bleeding edge cybersecurity solutions.  The ICIT Fellows, sponsors, and partners supporting these initiatives work hand-in-hand with critical infrastructure, legislative, and agency leaders to shape meaningful cybersecurity strategies and implement solutions to improve critical infrastructure resiliency and national security.

ICIT, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

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2019 Initiatives

**Please check back frequently as Initiative pages are regularly being updated with new content

Click Me! Improving Supply Chain Resiliency  – ICIT has identified supply chain security as a top research area for 2019, and has already begun to publish research on this topic.  As part of this initiative, ICIT and its Fellows will publish original content discussing various aspects of supply chain security for our nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, as well as create opportunities for meaningful community engagement knowledge sharing among stakeholders. 

Click Me! Threats to Industry 4.0, Operational Technology, and the Industrial-Internet-of-Things (IIoT)Defending Industry 4.0 from adversaries first requires an understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities unique to OT and IIoT environments and IT/OT Convergence.  This initiative will bring together cross-sector stakeholders for a wide-ranging series of research papers, briefings, webcasts, and executive roundtables to provide education on the security needs for these environments and provide solutions and recommendations for cybersecurity leaders and practitioners.

The Evolving Role of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity  – Artificial Intelligence and machine learning is being leveraged by public and private sector organizations to improve the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of cybersecurity functions.  However, adversaries too are leveraging these same technologies to increase the potency of their attacks.  ICIT’s AI initiative will explore both the positive contributions AI is making to our nation’s security posture and how organizations can leverage AI to better defend themselves, as well as better understand how AI is being used by adversaries to exploit vulnerabilities in their environments and improve the success of their hacks.

Security Considerations for the Health Sector – The explosive adoption of technology in the health sector, from embedded medical devices to healthcare apps to growing amounts of medical records, has raised the stakes for care providers, insurers, manufacturers, and technology providers to elevate security as a top priority in the boardroom.  This initiative will assess various security considerations for the health sector, and produce a series of reports, webinars, and briefings for both cybersecurity professionals as well as policymakers and business leaders,  including a Capstone Project with the Carnegie Mellon University.

Click Me! Modernizing & Growing the Cyber WorkforceFilling the 1M open cybersecurity jobs expected by 2020 will require a multilayered approach that includes mentorship, educating children, engaging more women and minorities, and developing more formal higher education programs across the country.  This initiative will seek out and feature existing programs that are driving results, make recommendations that can be implemented at an organizational and policy level, and engage academia, industry, and other NGOs to make meaningful contributions to improve the diversity, quality, and size of our cybersecurity workforce.

Click Me! Socialization of Research & EducationAcademia, NGOs, federal agencies, and private sector organizations are publishing incredibly valuable research and guidance documents that can help critical infrastructure and other organizational leaders secure their environments.  ICIT is committed to collaborating with these organizations to curate, socialize, and in some case help to summarize these works to help make this content as widely available as possible and act as a knowledge hub for the critical infrastructure, SMB and national security community.

Top Threats to Critical Infrastructure Sectors – The threat landscape is constantly evolving, with APT groups from China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and other nation states launching increasingly innovative attacks against public and private sector organizations in virtually every sector. ICIT will partner with leading research firms to provide bleeding edge research on new and emerging threat actors, exploits, attack vectors, and remediation recommendations to arm the community with the knowledge it needs to defend against hyper-evolving adversaries.