The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has launched the Critical Infrastructure Uplift Program (CI-UP) to assist owners and operators of Critical Infrastructure assets. The CI-UP is available to any critical infrastructure organisations that are part of the ACSC Partnership Program.
The CI-UP is designed to:
- Assist partners that own or operate Critical Infrastructure assets or Systems of National Significance to better understand and improve their cyber security preparedness and maturity
- Deliver a set of prioritised vulnerability and risk mitigation recommendations to assist partners to plan and implement these recommendations
- Increase the visibility of threats to Australia’s most critical systems, with a focus on operational technology and information technology convergence points, and
- Connect partners to other ACSC services.
The CI-UP also features a modular style of cybersecurity activities which respond to the different needs of each sector and partner organisation. These include:
- Cyber Security Posture Assessment
- Cyber Security Technical Validation
- Cyber Threat Hunt
- Table Top Exercises
- Threat Briefings, and
- CI-UP Reporting and Debrief.
The ACSC is further developing a self-assessment tool for partner organisations to help better understand their cybersecurity needs at their own pace. The ACSC has noted that the CI-UP is not an audit. Any findings will not be used for regulatory or compliance monitoring. Participating organisations may access the CI-UP via the partnership portal.