New Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Tools to Protect Federal Facilities  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

Federal agency staff are facing increasing pressure to defend operational technologies against cyber intrusion. This webinar will provide an overview of new cybersecurity self-assessment tools focused specifically on facility related control systems (FRCS) funded by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). This webinar will focus on a new architecture generation interactive tool (ArcGen) that helps users to architect the operational technology (OT) network and discover security gaps and needed enhancements.

Additionally, this webinar will cover the new MEEDS tool, which allows for rapid identification of FRCS, OT, and industrial control systems systems that are inadvertently externally exposed and can be used to help develop prioritized mitigation strategies to address the exposures and vulnerabilities. Preview the tools at: before the webinar – or find out more during the webinar. Note that the tools are optimally viewed in modern and supported browsers; please use Edge, Chrome, Firefox, etc.


Sri Gourisetti, Energy Systems Cybersecurity Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Sri Nikhil Gupta Gourisetti is the Energy Systems Cybersecurity Researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with specialized knowledge and interests in operational technology (OT) cybersecurity, blockchain technology, software engineering, power systems modeling and simulation, and growing capability in physics-driven machine learning systems. Sri Nikhil's research domains include smart grid systems and connected smart buildings focused on ICS/OT/IoT cybersecurity. At PNNL, he works on several smart grid and connected buildings cyber-physical security projects addressing the resiliency, reliability, and interoperability challenges and needs of critical infrastructure facilities. He is the principal investigator for U.S. Department of Energy cybersecurity projects such as a blockchain–based cybersecurity system for critical infrastructure and transactive energy, mitigation of external–exposure for Energy Delivery Systems, non-intrusive cybersecurity tools to enumerate vulnerabilities and threats. Sri Nikhil received his 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:

  • Investigate the growing importance of cybersecurity as it pertains to OT;
  • Identify the importance of OT network architecture for cybersecurity;
  • Explore how FEMP tools can help identify unknown externally exposed devices; and
  • Demonstrate how to access and utilize FEMP tools to improve facility cybersecurity.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: