Capabilities Assessment for Securing Manufacturing Industrial Control Systems

Current Status

After reviewing public comments, the NCCoE has released a final project description Capabilities Assessment for Securing Manufacturing Industrial Control Systems. We are no longer accepting Letters of Interest from technology vendors as part of this project. Companies that have been selected to participate have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA; see an example) with NIST. 

Summary

Industrial Control Systems (ICS) monitor and control physical processes in many different industries and sectors, especially in manufacturing. A cyber attack directed at a manufacturing organization’s infrastructure could result in detrimental consequences to both human life and property. In collaboration with the NIST Engineering Laboratory (EL), the NCCoE will produce a series of reference designs demonstrating four cybersecurity capabilities for the manufacturing sector.

For this project, the NCCoE and EL will examine behavioral anomaly detection and prevention mechanisms, to support a multifaceted approach of counteracting cyber attacks against ICS devices that provide the functionality necessary to run manufacturing processes.

The goal is to provide industry with detailed information to establish an anomaly detection and prevention capability in their own environments. By implementing behavioral anomaly detection tools, manufacturers are provided with a key security component that will aid in sustaining business operations, particularly those based on ICS.

This project will result in a NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide and will be part one of a four-part series. While the reference design will focus on cybersecurity, the NCCoE example solution may also produce residual benefits to manufacturers for detecting anomalous conditions that are not security related. 

Questions? Comments? Reach us at manufacturing_nccoe@nist.gov.

Collaborating Vendors

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The technology vendors who participated in this project submitted their capabilities in response to a call in the Federal Register. Companies with relevant products were invited to sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NIST, allowing them to participate in a consortium to build this example solution.

 

Disclaimer: Certain commercial entities, equipment, products, or materials may be identified in order to describe an experimental procedure or concept adequately. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST or NCCoE, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, equipment, products, or materials are necessarily the best available for the purpose.