The U.S. government is expanding and enhancing training on how to protect the nation’s critical infra- structure from both cyber and physical attacks.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) has offered a wide array
of free training programs to government and private-sector infrastructure owners and operators. Critical
infrastructure provides the essential
services that underpin American society and serves
as the backbone of the nation’s economy, security and
health. It includes defense, transportation, finance,
communications and other sectors.
A mix of web-based independent study and instruc-
tor-led courses is designed to develop the knowledge
and skills needed to implement critical infrastruc-
ture security and resilience activities. The unclassified
courses are open to all U.S. operators, engineers and
security professionals who play a role in securing the
country’s infrastructure. The courses also are some-
times open to select international participants.
Over the years, however, department officials have
seen a steady increase in demand and now are offering
more courses and developing additional formats, such
as CDs and game-based technology for active shooter
In the cyber arena, DHS officials intend to provide
more courses involving blue and red teaming. The
training allows students to attack and defend networks
associated with industrial control systems related
to power, transportation, water, gas and other vital
assets. “The infrastructure that runs our country has
become increasingly dependent on cyber systems,”
explains Marty Edwards, director of the department’s
Demand Swells for
Critical Infrastructure Training
In response, the DHS bolsters courses on protecting the physical and cyber realms.
BY GEORGE I.
A significant power
generator, Hoover Dam
is considered part of
the nation’s critical
infrastructure. Much of
that infrastructure may
be vulnerable to either
cyber or physical attacks.