WHAT IS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE?
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which are the federal agencies charged with oversight of its protection, critical infrastructure consists of:
“The assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”
Substitute any other nation for the “United States” and the definition remains equally applicable — to assure the safety, health and welfare of its citizens, every nation must make critical infrastructure protection a top priority.
DHS lists 16 critical infrastructure sectors and assigns each primary sector-specific responsibility .
The 16 critical infrastructure sectors include:
- Commercial Facilities
- Critical Manufacturing
- Defense Industrial Base
- Emergency Services
- Financial Services
- Food and Agriculture
- Government Facilities
- Healthcare and Public Health
- Information Technology
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste
- Transportation Systems
- Water and Wastewater Systems
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is the need to protect vital infrastructure.
The American Presidential directive PDD-63 of May 1998 set up a national program of “Critical Infrastructure Protection”
(CIP) is a concept that relates to the preparedness and response to serious incidents that involve the critical infrastructure of a region or nation.
Every national government has a responsibility to protect essential critical infrastructure against natural disasters, terrorist activities, and cyber threats.
From energy organizations to transportation companies, it is paramount that security in all critical infrastructure sectors is of the highest standard and that disaster preparedness, response and recovery are top priorities.
Government agencies and business organizations operating critical infrastructure must anticipate and mitigate disasters and crisis situations to protect workers and keep the public safe.
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET PLAYERS
- Bae Systems
- General Dynamics
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- Hexagon AB
- Johnson Controls
- Thales Group
- Motorola Solutions
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION / WORKER & PUBLIC SAFETY USE CASES:
Hydrolelectric Dams – Mammoth Lake California
Oil and Gas – Petronas Carigali Myanmar Limited
Power Plant- Texas
Dam Security – Hoover Dam Nevada/Arizona
Oil and Gas – Tengiz Field Kazakhstan