The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant’s Static Detonation Chamber cybersecurity team and systems were evaluated for their ability to withstand cyberattacks.
“Our information systems and cybersecurity team must go through an adversarial assessment as part of the Cybersecurity Authorization to Operate process,” said Miguel Angel-Lopez, information system security manager, PCAPP. “We must demonstrate our ability to prevent, mitigate and recover from adversarial activity on any of our systems.”
Evaluators from the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives assessed the ability of the system to withstand cyber threat activity and the cybersecurity team’s response capability.
“Once the assessment is over, both teams provide their findings to ACWA with recommendations on how we can improve our cybersecurity posture,” Angel-Lopez said. “We know cybersecurity threats are real so we value the feedback these teams provide.”
The cybersecurity assessment is among several demonstrations that must be completed before the Static Detonation Chamber units are authorized to begin operations. Three units will augment the main plant by destroying problematic munitions, including 4.2-inch mortar rounds.