5. COLLABORATION with BUSINESS and INDUSTRY

5.1 (IC)3 Consortium

One specific product (or output) is the creation of the MIT Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (IC)3 Consortium. As a result of the ECIR initiative, IC3 is filling a critical need for critical infrastructure. Security of conventional information systems is recognized as important, but is still not fully effective. The number and magnitude of recent cyber-attacks (Target, Home Depot, SONY, etc.) is growing weekly.

More important, but even less protected, is the security of our Cyber-Physical Infrastructure and IoT (Internet of Things). The computer controlled facilities that produce and deliver our electric power, oil and natural gas, chemicals, water, pharmaceuticals, food, manufactured goods, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, emergency services, and the buildings that collectively form the infrastructure of a safe and secure world civilization are dangerously exposed to cyber-attacks.

While our critical infrastructure is even more important to secure than conventional information systems, much less research in cybersecurity for critical Infrastructure has been done. This is the research being done by (IC)3.

(IC)3 is focusing on the critical cybersecurity needs for critical infrastructure in the following significant ways:

      (1) Justify top management attention & adoption
      (2) Define actions that can be effective & measured
      (3) Define a culture of Cyber-Safety
      (4) Create a forum for CSO/CISO’s to advance Cybersecurity

The MIT Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity has already developed in basic research parameters and has launched a set of initial meetings. Visit http://ic3.mit.edu for more details.


5.2 Co-Sponsors of Collaborative Project Workshops

The ECIR Minerva Workshops were co-sponsored by:

  1. Business Executives for National Security, a non-profit organization that provides business and nation security consulting services. The organization offers cyber security, threat finance, and disaster response consulting services; and
  2. Council on Foreign Relations, is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, dedicated  to  being  a  resource  for  its members, namely, business leaders, journalists, educators and students, interested in international affairs.