Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DHS to Brief Updated National Infrastructure Protection Plan

In response to Presidential Policy Directive-21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience and an associated Executive Order that were signed during February 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been busy redrafting the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) of 2009. Central to these efforts have been concerns about cyber security and the need for better coordination between the government and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure facilities. According to the Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC), Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) InfoGram of January 2, 2014, other important changes made during the revision include:

  • Reducing the number of Critical Infrastructure Sectors from 18 to 16;
  • Recognition of today’s integrated all-hazards environment;
  • Integration of cyber and physical security efforts;
  • Refining information sharing processes during all phases of the risk management framework;
  • Reinforcing existing security and resilience partnerships and creating new ones between state, local, territorial, tribal, and regional stakeholders.

The DHS Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection will be conducting a conference call to explain the implementation of these changes. Here are the details:
When: Monday, January 13, 2014, 11 a.m. - 12 Noon EST
Call in number: 888-889-4460
Pass code: 9830996
Links to the updated NIPP and additional information can be found below:

Comment: If you are a member of the geospatial community and are wondering what this has to do with you, try these links:

(EPC Updates, November 7, 2013)

(EPC Updates, February 20, 2013)

(EPC Updates, October 11, 2012)

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