Pure Land Cyber Security Assessment
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CSET is only one component of the overall cyber security picture and should be complemented with a robust cyber security program within the organization. A self-assessment with CSET cannot reveal all types of security weaknesses, and should not be the sole means of determining an organization’s security posture.
The tool will not provide an architectural analysis of the network or a detailed network hardware/software configuration review. It is not a risk analysis tool so it will not generate a complex risk assessment. CSET is not intended as a substitute for in depth analysis of control system vulnerabilities as performed by trained professionals. Periodic onsite reviews and inspections must still be conducted using a holistic approach including facility walk downs, interviews, and observation and examination of facility practices. Consideration should also be given to additional steps including scanning, penetration testing, and exercises on surrogate, training, or non-production systems, or systems where failures, unexpected faults, or other unexpected results will not compromise production or safety.
CSET assessments cannot be completed effectively by any one individual. A cross-functional team consisting of representatives from operational, maintenance, information technology, business, and security areas is essential. The representatives must be subject matter experts with significant expertise in their respective areas. No one individual has the span of responsibility or knowledge to effectively answer all the questions.
Data and reports generated by the tool should be managed securely and marked, stored, and distributed in a manner appropriate to their sensitivity.