Using Gamification for Cybersecurity Training and Workforce Development   

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

Federal agency staff are facing increasing pressures to defend operational technologies (OT) against cyber intrusion. Research has shown that gamification can making learning fun and interactive, giving players the opportunity to help learn important concepts in real-world applications and have a deeper engagement with key learning contents. This training provides an overview of the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) cybersecurity training game offerings. From trainings on how to apply policies to interactive network defense games, these games will help federal staff improve their understanding of how to apply cybersecurity frameworks and best practices in the facility context.

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Sri Gourisetti, Cybersecurity Researcher and Cyber Systems Team Lead, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti is a cybersecurity researcher and the cyber systems team lead in PNNL's electricity security group. He works on smart grid and connected buildings projects addressing the resiliency and interoperability challenges. He is the PI for multiple DOE projects, including blockchain explorations in power and energy, non-intrusive cybersecurity tools to enumerate vulnerabilities and threats, and physics-based power systems modeling to detect anomalies and forecast failures in complex quasi-distributed sensor networks. He is also an advisor on the EERE project that is developing digital twins for hydropower systems, who leads the cybersecurity task force under the IEEE P2418.5 Blockchain Standards Working Group and an active member of DOE's C2M2 Working Group. He received a Ph.D. in engineering science and systems specializing in electrical engineering. Sri Nikhil is a certified information systems security professional and SANS's certified global industrial cyber security professional.

Julia Rotondo, Energy Project Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Julia Rotondo is a program manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with more than eight years of experience working on energy, climate change, and buildings efficiency issues. This experience includes leading research on connected technologies, miscellaneous loads, and operational technologies cybersecurity. At PNNL, Julia works on several cybersecurity issues, including developing resources to enhance the cybersecurity posture of federal facilities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Examine the growing importance of cybersecurity as it pertains to OT;
  • Explore how to access and utilize FEMP training games to improve facility cybersecurity; and
  • Assess how to manage cybersecurity risks in a resource-constrained setting.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: