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DHS quietly dispatching teams to test power plant cybersecurity




DHS quietly dispatching teams to test power plant cybersecurity
DHS quietly dispatching teams to test power plant cybersecurity



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9180152/DHS_quietly_dispatching_teams_to_test_power_plant_cybersecurity 

By Jaikumar Vijayan
Computerworld
August 4, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly creating 
specialized teams of experts to test industrial control systems at U.S 
power plants for cybersecurity weaknesses.

According to an Associate Press report today, DHS has so far created 
four teams to conduct such assessments, according to Sean McGurk, 
director of control system security. McGurk told the news service that 
10 teams are expected to be in the field next year as the program's 
annual budget grows from $10 million to $15 million.

McGurk did not immediately respond to a Computerworld request for an 
interview. However a DHS spokeswoman this afternoon confirmed the DHS 
plan as detailed in the Associated Press story.

She said the special teams are part of an Industrial Control Systems 
Computer Emergency Response Team (ICS CERT) that DHS has been building 
over the past year in response to worldwide cybersecurity threats 
against industry control systems.

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