Thursday, May 11, 2017

NIST Announces Wireless Control System Network Study

Today the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a notice in the Federal Register (82 FR 21980) that it was establishing a technical working group (TWG) to develop best practices guidelines in selecting and deploying industrial wireless solutions within industrial environments such as process control and manufacturing.

The TWG would be established under the Networked Control System Group (NCSG). NIST is asking for organizations that wish to participate in the TWG to notify them within the next 180 days. No further details are provided in the notice.

The NCSG does have a web page established for their Wireless Systems for Industrial Environments (WSIE) program. That page does briefly acknowledge that one of the problems facing the adoption of wireless control systems technology is cybersecurity. A separate web page for the new TWG does not mention cybersecurity at all. It is not clear at this point whether or not cybersecurity concerns will be addressed in the best practice guidelines being developed.

1 comment:

RCandell said...

NIST has an ongoing cybersecurity project specifically aimed at industrial control systems. Cybersecurity is not being directly address by the wireless project although the wireless guidelines will definitely cover security by referencing NIST SP 800-82 and the cybersecurity framework. We have an adjacent project at NIST that directly covers cybersecurity for industrial control systems, and Keith Stouffer is the project leader for that effort.

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