About the Roadmap

The Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Chemical Sector (Roadmap) builds on existing government and industry efforts to improve security by working with stakeholders on a plan for voluntarily improving cybersecurity in the chemical sector.

The Roadmap provides specific milestones to focus voluntary efforts for achieving goals over a 10-year period, while addressing the chemical sector’s most urgent challenges, longer-term needs, and practices to reduce the cybersecurity risk to industrial control systems (ICS).

The Roadmap is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) and was prepared by the Chemical Sector Roadmap Implementation Working Group. It was developed with input from sector stakeholders, government agencies, and facility owners and operators with a common set of goals and objectives to enhance the security of the chemical sector.

The vision in the Roadmap states, “In 10 years, the layers of defense for industrial control systems managing critical applications will be designed, installed and maintained, commensurate with risk, to operate with no loss of critical function during and after a cyber-event.”  While recognizing the connection to broader security issues, the scope of the Roadmap focuses on addressing the following cyber issues specific to ICS:

  • ICS in chemical facilities that are part of the critical infrastructure
  • Possible implications for ICS vendors 
  • Connection to other systems are included if they impact ICS risk