The critical infrastructure protection cyber security industry has been very interesting to watch over the years. The information technology (IT) versus operational technology (OT) knowledge gaps are intriguing and I find this a very curious space to pay close attention to lately. I wonder what kind of impact the ICS-ISAC merging with Webster University’s Cyberspace Research Institute will have on their existing capabilities and if this union will be an overall valuable move for the industrial control systems industry:

The Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ICS-ISAC) announced this week that it would merge with Webster University’s Cyberspace Research Institute (CRI).

The non-profit ICS-ISAC is a knowledge sharing center established to help facilities develop situational awareness in support of local, national and international security.

The ICS-ISAC creates and maintains the Situational Awareness Reference Architecture (SARA) to foster knowledge sharing capabilities. SARA is a compilation of industry standards, technical practices and processes designed to enable situational awareness both at industrial facilities as well as across shared infrastructure.

Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with almost 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a learning environment online.