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ORNL CSAT First External System to Fully Connect to DHS VENOM, Enhancing System Security

In September 2021, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) became the first external system to fully connect to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Virtual Enterprise Network Operations Manager (VENOM) system, a cloud network enclave designed to enhance the cybersecurity of DHS–controlled information technology systems. In August, CSAT became the first DHS project to connect to a CyberArk Vault, an essential component in connecting to VENOM. 

The exceptional effort by the CSAT Team met and exceeded the Office of Management and Budget and DHS requirements for implementation by September 30, 2021. The multidisciplinary team was led by Ethan Cantrell and Andrew Kerr and included Micah Church, Anthony Seay, Jim Simmons, and David Wantland. The effort included installation and configuration of requisite VENOM components, including Tanium and Nessus security agents, Splunk, and CyberArk; virtual network creation; and network support.

CSAT is managed and operated by the ORNL Center for Infrastructure Security Analysis Program. VENOM is part of a larger effort by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to implement their Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program, defending critical infrastructure against cyber threats.