Norwich University Office of Communications

Oct. 17, 2016

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) will utilize its risk resiliency response software, called Distributed Environment for Decision-Making Exercises (DECIDE), for the first time on an energy sector.

NUARI will be a featured presenter on Tuesday, Oct. 18, during the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) annual Grid Security Conference, held in Quebec, Canada.

The training event, entitled “Securing the Grid,” will utilize NUARI’s DECIDE platform to emulate information sharing and collaboration techniques to test sector-wide incident response and business continuity capabilities against distributed cyber-attacks across the power grid.

The event will be conducted in partnership with Utility Services Inc., a service organization specializing in NERC Compliance and Reliability Programs.

“This will be NUARI’s first cyber resiliency exercise to be conducted for the energy sector,” said Phil Susmann, President of NUARI. “We are delighted to bring a ‘front line’ war gaming capability to the energy sector and share our lessons learned from similar exercises we have conducted within the financial sector.”

The only system of its kind, DECIDE-FS® was initially designed to test U.S. financial sector cyber risk resiliency and has been adapted for use in other critical infrastructure arenas, such as electrical grids and health care. The software engages an organization by using a simulation that participants experience interactively with their peers, competitors and supply chains to simulate systemic risk.


The Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) were federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) in 2002 and are funded in part through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of the nation and to prepare its graduates to protect the American way of life. NUARI builds on the university’s status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs by conducting rapid research, developing and deploying necessary technologies, and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission by developing strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and business and industry associations and entities.

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