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Cyber Mutual Assistance Workshop Report

February 2018 Special Report
Jonathon Monken (PJM Interconnection), Fernando Maymi, PhD (Army Cyber Institute), Dan Bennett, PhD (Army Cyber Institute), Dan Huynh (Army Cyber Institute), Blake Rhoades (Army Cyber Institute), Matt Hutchison (Army Cyber Institute), Judy Esquibel (Army Cyber Institute), Bill Lawrence (North American Electric Reliability Corporation), Katie C. Stewart

The Army Cyber Institute hosted a Cyber Mutual Assistance Workshop to identify challenges in defining cyber requirements for Regional Mutual Assistance Groups.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2018-SR-007

Abstract

This report describes a Cyber Mutual Assistance Workshop (CMAW), its significance, and its outcomes. The CMAW was intended to explore the interconnectedness of the North American Power Sector and possible sources of aid, should the sector fall victim to a cyber attack. The objective of the CMAW was to enable better understanding of capabilities, not only in the sector’s own cyber security workforce, but in possible mutual support from city, state, and federal government entities, and across other sectors’ cyber security communities. The Army Cyber Institute, alongside the Electric Infrastructure Security Council and the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Coordination Center, aimed to explore and evoke national conversation on the possibility of mutual cyber assistance in times of duress and the importance to that endeavor of prior understanding and relationships between concerned parties.