Rockwell Will Provide Critical Infrastructure Components to Test Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Through the CyTRICS Program, Fortifying the Energy Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) today announced a collaboration with Rockwell Automation to test multiple critical infrastructure components for cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Rockwell joins five other private sector companies actively participating in DOE’s Cyber Testing for Resilient Industrial Control Systems (CyTRICS™) program. Testing will take place at the Idaho National Laboratory. As the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, Rockwell will bring a valuable perspective to the CyTRICS program.  

"The key to the success of the CyTRICS program is partnering with private industry companies like Rockwell," said Director of CESER Puesh M. Kumar. "We’re working towards the same goal – a secure and resilient energy system made up of strong critical infrastructure components able to prevent and identify cyber attacks. CESER is pleased to welcome Rockwell into the CyTRICS program."  

“We’re excited to partner with the Department of Energy to focus on advanced cybersecurity testing of our products deployed within critical infrastructure,” said Tony Baker, Chief Product Security Officer, Rockwell Automation. “As we navigate an increasingly digital world, ensuring the security of our automation products is paramount to Rockwell and its customers. This collaboration provides a unique opportunity to leverage the National Laboratory's industry-leading expertise, analytics, and capabilities to strengthen the security posture of our products and affirm our commitment to transparency.” 

CyTRICS is the testing arm of Energy Cyber Sense, an initiative of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to build cybersecurity risk management capabilities and resources for the energy sector supply chain at a national scale. The CyTRICS program tests critical system components to identify vulnerabilities before they are exploited, improving the integrity and reliability of the energy system. DOE connects equipment manufacturers, vendors, and utilities with state-of-the art, intelligence-informed analytic capabilities at its National Laboratories. As testing expands, CyTRICS is working to understand key components used in energy infrastructure and striving to identify systemic supply chain vulnerabilities and to help engineer out cyber weaknesses in next-generation systems, strengthening the security and resilience of software and hardware in the energy sector.     

Learn more about CyTRICS, CESER, and the Idaho National Laboratory.