Hack the Capitol

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Washington, DC
September 26 & 27, 2018


The National Security Institute partnered with the Wilson Center and ICS Village to host Hack the Capitol, a two-day event focused on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and security.

ICS are used throughout industrial infrastructure and have many military applications.  Recent high-profile attacks on these systems have demonstrated ICS’ vulnerabilities and inspired debate about the practical and political means of defending the industrial base against malicious actors.  Hack the Capitol included demonstrations, hands-on learning, and policy conversations tailored toward a non-technical audience.

This event provided hands-on education and awareness to members of the public, as well as to Congress, think tanks, and the press.  This was a truly unique event that raised awareness of our nation’s challenges with critical infrastructure and provide kinesthetic learning at multiple levels.

To learn more about the ICS Village visit their website: https://www.icsvillage.com/


September 26:

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:00 AM Keynote
Speaker: Representative Jim Langevin (RI-02)
10:00 - 11:00 AMCybersecurity of ICS Components: What are the effects on on National Security
Speakers: Dr. Ken Geers, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence Ambassador
David Batz, Senior Director, Cyber & Infrastructure Security, Edison Electric Institute
Jay Angus, NCCIC Industrial Control Systems Vulnerability Management and Coordination Leader, Department of Homeland Security
Amyn Gilani, Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Moderator: Andy Bochman, Senior Cyber & Energy Security Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory
11:00 - 11:20 AM The Story So Far and What 2020 and Beyond Holds
Speaker: NSI Advisory Board Member Ron Gula
11:20 - 11:45 AMWalking Before You Run: A Look at the Maturation of ICS Cybersecurity
Speaker: Corey Thuen
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch and ICS exhibits
12:45 - 1:10 PM Cyber Mutual Assistance – A New Model for Electric Companies Preparing and Responding to Cyber Security Emergencies
Speaker: David Batz
12:45 - 1:20 PM Hacking the Power Grid: Analyzing what Hackers do when they have access to the “Power Grid Honeypot”
Speaker: Dewan Chowdhury
1:10 - 1:55 PM Bridging the Gap Between Informational Technologists (IT) and Operational Technologists (OT): Finding Common Ground in Addressing Security Threats
Anne Marie Zettlemoyer, NSI Visiting Fellow
Carric Dooley, Co-Founder, TTPO
Eitan Goldstein, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Tenable
David Hatchell, Vice President, Critical Infrastructure, Forcepoint
Beau Woods, Deputy Director/Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow, Atlantic Council
1:55 - 2:30 PM Securing Critical Infrastructure through Side-Channel Monitoring
Speaker: Carlos R. Aguayo Gonzalez
1:55 - 2:40 PMEverything is a computer: Live hacking demonstration
Speaker: Monta Elkins
2:40 - 2:50 PMCoffee Break
2:50 - 3:35 PM TRISIS in Perspective: Implications of Safety System Attacks for ICS Defenders
Speaker: Jimmy Wylie
2:50 - 3:35 PM The US electric power grid is increasing under cyber-attack – how is the energy sector dealing with this rapid escalating threat? If this is the “new normal” – what is next?
Dr. Craig Miller, Chief Scientist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Jason Christopher, Chief Technology Officer, Axio
Roger Hill, Chief Technology Officer, Veracity Industrial Networks
Hank Kenchington, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary – Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats R&D, Department of Energy
3:35 - 4:00 PM Stopping Tomorrow’s Attack: Protecting High Risk, Critical Systems
Speaker: Jason Ostermann
3:350 - 4:20 PM I/IOT Threat Landscape with Workshop
Speaker: NSI Fellow Bryson Bort
4:00 - 4:25 PM Debunking the Myths: Threat-based Cyber Policy Prescriptions
Speaker: NSI Visiting Fellow Dave Weinstein
4:25 - 4:30 PMClosing Remarks

September 27: Press Day

9:00 - 9:40 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
9:40 - 10: 15 AMEncryption in Industrial Control Systems: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze
Speaker: Brandon Workentin
10:15 - 10:40 AMA New Methodology for Engineering Out the Cyber Risk from Things that Must Not Fail
Speaker: Andrew A. Bochman
10:40 - 11:15 AMXFCs: That's a Lot of Toasters - Grid Security and EV Charging Infrastructure
Speaker: Collin Bowers
11:15 - 11:50 AMI/IOT Threat Landscape with Workshop
Speaker: NSI Fellow Bryson Bort
11:50 AM - 12:00 PMClosing Remarks