By Jaikumar Vijayan
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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