The nation's economic, defense, and critical infrastructure more and more relies on information technology, making it an attractive target for adversaries. The traditional approach to protecting a system is "catch/patch," only focusing on recognizable and familiar threats after the fact, and neglecting unforeseen attacks. PNNL is uniquely positioned to assist homeland security agencies in providing secure critical infrastructures using a risk-based approach that evaluates all threats, seen and unseen, because the Lab has:
- Investments in laboratory-directed research and development centered around information and infrastructure integrity, utilizing predictive and adaptive measures
- Extensive experience helping other federal agencies such as the Department of Energy and Department of Defense with cyber security challenges
- Exceptional facilities, such as the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center, cyber analytics laboratories, and cyber test beds, providing testing of new technologies and approaches.
- Internationally known thought leaders in cyber security.
PNNL works across the entire lifecycle of cyber security, from detection through delivery of actionable knowledge, making the most of our successes in:
- Large-scale situational awareness. PNNL uses an open sensor architecture that incorporates research on the next generation of sensor capabilities; data processing with cost-effective, scalable architectures; and near real-time analysis.
- Modeling and simulation of cyber systems and networks, featuring cyber flight simulator tools to evaluate security performance, scalable training, and real life exercises that can cross among and between organizations.
- Critical infrastructure assessments and protection, with an industry-standard control system laboratory to study vulnerabilities, the ability to work with government and industry leaders to rapidly adapt new secure protocols within a laboratory environment, and a multi-agency partnership approach to further understand how to produce and design safer and more secure control infrastructure systems.
- Cyber analytics for detection and discovery, where human and machine capabilities work collaboratively to ingest, process, and derive knowledge; incorporate nontraditional and heterogeneous information sources; create interactive visual interfaces; discover malicious intent that appears as benign cyber data; and scale across diverse user environments.
- High-performance data-intensive architectures that collect, manage, analyze, and understand data at volumes and rates which push the frontier of current technologies.
With capabilities like these, PNNL is helping the nation secure some of its most critical information infrastructure. For more information, contact Marty Peterson at (509) 375-2900.