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Cybersecurity | Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill | 2024

Cybersecurity | Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill | 2024


Tuesday, May 7, 2024 to Wednesday, May 8, 2024

* Registration open until 4/16/24 at 11:59 PM (MST)

Event Details


Dams, locks, levees, mine tailings, and other similar water retention and control facilities are a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure, providing a wide range of economic, environmental, and social benefits. The safe and secure operations of the Dams Sector is of national interest due to these benefits and the magnitude of potential consequences of failure, damage, or disruption of critical assets. Effective risk management to maintain these benefits depends on the ability of owners and operators to understand risk to their facilities and operations and integrate a wide range of activities to manage those risks. Sharing information and exercising plans represent important components of a risk management approach.

The 2024 Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill is a learning environment for sector stakeholders to identify and assess information-sharing issues and concerns that could affect the sector during heightened threat conditions. During the drill, conducted virtually, a scenario stress-tests the effectiveness of the sector’s information-sharing mechanisms, processes, and procedures related to incidents affecting information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments. This physical/cyber convergence approach will allow players to test procedures for their cybersecurity plans and response activities, and review current physical security measures and areas for improvement.

The semi-annual drill is hosted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as the Sector Risk Management Agency (SRMA) for the Dams Sector. Contact the Dams Sector Management Team at for additional information

Schedule and Registration
The 2024 Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill will be conducted virtually on May 7-8, 2024. Two administrative calls will be held in support of the drill: a Kickoff Call on April 30 and a Hotwash Call on May 8 . Participation details for all events will be sent out to registered participants.

Registration is now open through April 16, 2024.
Drill Objectives and Benefits
The 2024 Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill will assess the Dams Sector’s capability to share security related information by testing the ability of stakeholders to receive information used to determine if operational changes or enhanced protective measures or cyber controls would be warranted to better secure dams and related infrastructure. Following the Drill, participants will receive an After-Action Report to leverage lessons learned.
The Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill is open to all sector stakeholders representing owners and operators (e.g., operations, emergency managers, and engineers), first responders responding to dam and levee incidents, and others that support the sector (e.g., associations, regulators, consultants). With a scenario focused on both cyber and physical aspects, the 2024 Dams Sector Information Sharing Drill provides an opportunity for organizations to identify a wide range of players with safety and security (physical and cyber) expertise necessary for testing relevant plans (e.g., Emergency Action Plan, Cyber Incident Response Plan). 

The scenario and execution of the Drill provides a great opportunity to test and evaluate our current plans and procedures. Then make necessary updates prior to a real world event. — U.S. Dam Owner/Operator

The Drill is a valuable tool for our partners to exercise their plans. We also run a parallel drill to test our information sharing protocols with our critical dams. — State Dam Safety Office

We participated in the 2022 Drill and ran a parallel drill as the basis for our statewide effort to exercise our plans. — State Emergency Management Agency

By fully participating in the Drill, FERC Licensees can meet requirements to exercise their EAP and Security Plan. — FERC Division of Dam Safety & Inspections