SecureWorld Seattle Conference

NUARI’s Director of Cyber Operations, Tom Muehleisen, giving a short course on using exercises to improve response playbooks to a diverse group of security professionals at the annual SecureWorld Seattle Conference in Bellevue, Washington, 13-14 November, 2019. While the training did include a brief use of the Decide® Distributed Exercise Platform, it was predominantly a primer for  the draft  2019 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program doctrine manual, which includes many of the same best practices that Decide® has baked into its core DNA. Participants included IT managers, planners and executives from academia, state and county government as well as medium to  very large industry.

Cyber Yankee 2020 White Cell Leadership

NUARI’s Decide(r) distributed exercise management platform to be an important part of enabling New England’s National Guard Cyber Yankee Exercise build on six years of progressive success by enabling two important new capabilities:

– multi-state execution

– real-time operational context

Decide(r) will provide CY20 Exercise Controllers and Observers with unparalleled visibility and awareness, helping realize the aggressive shared vision of these states and their mission partners.

Vermont Adjutant General Visits Norwich University and NUARI

Vermont Adjutant General Visits Norwich University and NUARI.  BG Greg Knight visited campus to talk to ROTC cadets and meet with University officials to strengthen relationships and research initiatives.  NUARI President Susmann join BG Knight for a tour of the Regional Training Institute, located on the Norwich Campus, visiting with the 229th Cyber Operations Squadron and 3-124th Regiment, Information Operations Training Battalion.  During the visit opportunities were discussed to grow the long standing partnership between the Norwich and the Vermont National Guard.

2019 CISA Confrence

The Applied Research Institutes at Norwich University (NUARI) was honored to demo the DECIDE product, as well as discuss the recently established Security Situation Center, at the 2nd Annual 2019 CISA Conference. While both services continue to help organizations mature their Cyber Hygiene and overall Cyber Health, NUARI also has the opportunity to grow and learn our practice along with the organizations for which we facilitate the Cyber Security monitoring, exercises, evaluations, after action reports, and future training/education. Industry leaders are taking action with their organizations to be more resilient, and we take great pride in supporting those actions! #cyber #cyberesiliency #NUARI

State of Virginia DECIDE Critical Infrastructure Exercise: National Guard Integration

The participants executed a Cyber Security Exercise on 16 April 2019 to identify gaps in response planning and execution across government both state and local with integration of the Virginia National Guard. Participants included the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Department of Homeland Security, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Fusion Center, Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force. The distributive desktop exercise was conducted using the DECIDE platform around a county cyber incident escalation scenario. The exercise resulted in identifying over 4 critical issues.

S&T Awards $5.9M to Expand Critical Infrastructure Protection Platform

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a total of $5,900,000 to the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) to expand the Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-Making Exercises (DECIDE) cyber-training platform. DECIDE was originally developed in tandem with and transitioned to the financial services sector; this new effort will build similar simulation-based scenarios and exercises specific to the energy sector.  Read More >>

DHS Invests $5.9 Million into Cyber Training Tool for Energy Sector

The department’s Science and Technology Directorate announced it’s awarding $5.9 million to the Norwich University Applied Research Institute to expand a training tool used by the financial services sector to organizations in the energy sector. Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-Making Exercises, or DECIDE, is an interactive platform that allows players to practice cyber-threat response tactics in an immersive online environment before real-life crises occur. Read more >>

Pacific Northwest Exercise Series: Telecommunication and State Cyber Response Exercise

The participants executed a first in a series of Cyber Security Exercises on 19 March 2019 to identify gaps in response planning and execution across government, academia, military capabilities and private critical infrastructure providers (in this case Telecommunications).  Participants included the University of Washington Center Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), Washington State CISO, Washington State Emergency Management, Washington National Guard, Department of Homeland Security, a large Telecommunication provider, 5 Industry partners,  the 75th Innovation Command (USAR) and Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI).  The distributive desktop exercise was conducted using the NUARI DECIDE platform around an embedded microphone exploit scenario that impacted State critical capabilities to disaster response.  The exercise resulted in identifying over 7 critical issues.