In person conference: State of Cyber 2021

By Aimee Andres | November 24, 2021

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch 315 Chestnut St. St. Louis, MO 63102  

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CISA and FBI Urge Organizations to Remain Vigilant to Ransomware and Cyber Threats This Holiday Season

By Crystal Hutchinson | November 22, 2021

  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a cybersecurity reminder that malicious cyber actors aren’t making the same holiday plans as you. Recent history tells us that this could be a time when these persistent cyber actors halfway across the world are looking for ways-big and small-to disrupt the critical networks and systems belonging to organizations, businesses, and critical infrastructure.…

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CISA Releases the Infrastructure Dependency Primer – An Online Educational Resource

By Crystal Hutchinson | November 22, 2021

  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released the Infrastructure Dependency Primer (IDP) to help state, local, tribal, and territorial planners better understand how infrastructure systems depend on one another to operate, how those dependencies impact community risk and resilience, and how to incorporate that understanding into planning.  The IDP is a supplement to CISA’s recently published Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework (IRPF) and aims to answer fundamental questions planners and decisionmakers may have, including: What are infrastructure dependencies and why should I care? What…

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CISA: Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Iranian Government-Sponsored APT Cyber Activity

By Crystal Hutchinson | November 22, 2021

  On Wednesday, November 17, the CISA, the FBI, the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, Iranian State-Sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) Cyber Actors Exploiting Microsoft Exchange and Fortinet Vulnerabilities in Furtherance of Malicious Activities. The Iranian government-sponsored APT actors are actively…

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CISA: OBP Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Awareness Courses

By Crystal Hutchinson | November 22, 2021

  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) and the Center for Domestic Preparedness have partnered to provide bombing prevention awareness learning opportunities for first responders, public safety personnel, and private sector partners through Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT).  VILT courses provide basic bombing prevention information ranging from IED construction and…

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DHS/FEMA: Upcoming TEEX Infrastructure Protection Course Offerings

By Crystal Hutchinson | November 8, 2021

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), in coordination with Washington County Emergency Management, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and University of Arkansas Police Department, will be providing four offerings of the Infrastructure Protection Course Certificate Program in Northwest Arkansas.  Below is a summary of training locations and dates: February 15: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience…

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CISA: Reducing the Significant Risk of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities

By Crystal Hutchinson | November 8, 2021

The Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Binding Operational Directive (BOD) 22-01, Reducing the Significant Risk of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities, that addresses the remediation of vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited by adversaries. CISA has established a public catalog of exploited vulnerabilities that carry significant risk to the federal enterprise, available…

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Bomb threat and response tools

By Aimee Andres | November 3, 2021

You may have already seen the announcement regarding the suspected explosive devices found on barges along the Ohio River. Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is still ongoing. It is not clear at this time if the incidents are connected or if there are multiple actors here. Our Association has decided to not…

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CISA: Active Shooter Webinar

By Crystal Hutchinson | October 27, 2021

  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) invites you to join a two-hour security webinar to enhance awareness of and response to an active shooter event. Preparing employees for a potential active shooter incident is an integral component of an organization’s incident…

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OBP Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Awareness Courses – November Schedule Open for Registration

By Crystal Hutchinson | October 23, 2021

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) November Course Schedule has been published.  If you feel that your state would benefit from this type of awareness training, please feel free to distribute.   The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) and the Center for Domestic Preparedness have partnered…

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What/Who is Cisa?

On November 16, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018, which elevated the mission of the former NPPD within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), establishing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  CISA is a successor agency to NPPD and assists both other government agencies and private sector organizations in addressing infrastructure and cybersecurity issues.

IRPT works closely with CISA to inform the inland river industry of available training courses offered by CISA, current potential threats to infrastructure and/or cyber that could adversely impact industry, and free services CISA provides that are available to industry.

CISA subcomponents include the:

 

Regional/District Contacts: