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:

CISA Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

By Crystal Hutchinson | October 1, 2021

Join us as we recognize the 18th Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  All through the month CISA and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) are asking you to “Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart.” Cybersecurity is important for all Americans, and CISA and NCSA are sharing information and resources to help every one of us recognize and reduce…

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CISA and NSA Release Joint Cybersecurity Information Sheet on Selecting and Hardening VPNs

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 30, 2021

Yesterday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) released a Joint Cybersecurity Information Sheet detailing factors to consider when choosing a virtual private network (VPN) and recommending top configurations for using it securely. The Information Sheet, “Selecting and Hardening Remote Access Virtual Private Network (VPN) Solutions,” also will help…

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CISA/JCAT: Counterterrorism Considerations for Waterfront Locations

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 29, 2021

  Terrorists may continue to focus their efforts against waterfront locations because of the potential for mass casualty events and restricted access. Previous attack plots targeting waterfront locations included various tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), such as the use of firearms, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and vehicular ramming. First responders should consider these TTPs when coordinating with local, state,…

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CISA Releases Autonomous Ground Vehicle Security Guide: Transportation Systems Sector

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 29, 2021

CISA is pleased to announce the publication of a new resource: Autonomous Ground Vehicle Security Guide: Transportation Systems Sector. The Guide provides an overview of autonomous ground vehicle (AGV) technology, potential threats related to AGVs, a tool for conceptualizing risks related to AGVs, and recommended asset and enterprise risk mitigation options.   As the Nation’s…

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CISA Releases De-Escalation Series for Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 23, 2021

  The De-Escalation Series for Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators contains four products to assist Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators to recognize the warning signs of someone on a path to violence; assess if the situation or person of concern is escalating, or if an emergency response is needed immediately; de-escalate the situation currently taking…

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CISA Launches New Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 22, 2021

  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) announced the release of an advisory today on the Conti ransomware threat, including technical details about cyber actors’ behavior mapped to MITRE ATT&CK and recommended mitigations. CISA and FBI have observed an increased use of Conti…

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CISA Releases Two ICT Supply Chain Resources to Improve Information Sharing and Assist Small and Medium-sized Businesses

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 21, 2021

Improving the quality and volume of supply chain risk information sharing among the federal government and private industry is necessary to obtain actionable information that could mitigate threats to the Nation’s ICT supply chain. Building off work completed in Years 1 and 2, the Task Force’s Information Sharing Working Group (WG1) developed the Preliminary Considerations…

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CISA: Office for Bombing Prevention, October 2021 VILT Schedule

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 21, 2021

There are multiple dates available for each of the following training topics: AWR-333 – Improvised Explosive Device Construction and Classification (IED-CC): Provides foundational knowledge on the construction and classification of IEDs. [75 Min] AWR-334 – Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle (ITAC): Introduces a model of the terrorist attack cycle that describes the nature of…

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CISA: Region 6 – Monthly Training Series – Part I

By Crystal Hutchinson | September 21, 2021

  Beginning next month, CISA Region 6 will host three virtual trainings each quarter for a combined four-part series. Kicking-off our Training Series Part I, Region 6 will host two cybersecurity workshops highlighting Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October and an Active Shooter Run/Hide/Fight presentation in November. For each series, I will send out a flyer/announcement that…

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CISA: Active Shooter Training

By Crystal Hutchinson | August 14, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. EDT) The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) invites you to join a two-hour security webinar to enhance awareness of and response to an active shooter event. Discuss the elements of active shooter incident response planning with guidance from expert…

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