Critical Infrastructure Resources

Critical infrastructure is the backbone of our nation's economy, security, and health. We know it as the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation that moves us, and the communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family. Critical infrastructure are 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. The following resources are available to help you incorporate critical infrastructure protection strategies and policy.

Infrastructure Protection - DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) leads and coordinates national programs and policies on critical infrastructure issues and has established strong partnerships across government and the private sector. The office conducts and facilitates vulnerability and consequence assessments to help critical infrastructure owners and operators and state, local, tribal, and territorial partners understand and address risks. IP provides information on emerging threats and hazards so that appropriate actions can be taken. The office also offers tools and training to partners to help them manage the risks to their assets, systems, and networks. The mission is to lead the national effort to protect critical infrastructure from all hazards by managing risk and enhancing resilience through collaboration with the critical infrastructure community.

Infrastructure Protection

Critical Infrastructure Security - DHS

Critical infrastructure must be secure and able to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards. Proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure—including assets, networks, and systems—that are vital to public confidence and the nation's safety, prosperity, and well-being. This endeavor is a shared responsibility among federal, state, local, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure.

Critical Infrastructure Security

What is Critical Infrastructure

InfraGard - FBI

InfraGard brings together representatives from the private and public sectors to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure—both virtual and physical—from attacks by terrorists and criminals. The InfraGard program is run at the national level by the FBI's Cyber Division, and each FBI field office has at least one chapter where meetings are held to discuss threats and share experiences and best practices. 

InfraGard Website

Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report - DHS

The DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report is collected each business day as a summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues. Each Daily Report is divided by the critical infrastructure sectors and key assets defined in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report

The Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

The Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national unity of effort to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure.

The Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Critical Infrastructure Sectors - DHS

Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive supersedes Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.PPD-21 identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors.

Critical Infrastructure Sectors

Workplace Security Awareness Course - FEMA

This course provides guidance to individuals and organizations on how to improve the security in your workplace. No workplace—be it an office building, construction site, factory floor, or retail store—is immune from security threats. Employees are often the target of these threats as well as the organization's first line of defense against them. Threats endanger the confidentiality, integrity, and security of your workplace, as well as your virtual workplace and computer systems. This course presents information on how employees can contribute to your organization's security.

FEMA Workplace Security Awareness Course

Surveillance Awareness Course - FEMA

The purpose of this course is to make critical infrastructure employees and service providers aware of actions they can take to detect and report suspicious activities associated with adversarial surveillance. To achieve this goal, the course provides an overview of surveillance activities and the indicators associated with them, as well as the actions that employees and service providers can take to report potential surveillance incidents.

FEMA Surveillance Awareness Course

Protecting Critical Infrastructure Course - FEMA

This course provides guidance to critical infrastructure employees and service providers on how to identify and take action against insider threats to critical infrastructure. At the end of this course, the participants will be able to: (1) Describe the threat that malicious insiders pose to critical infrastructure; (2) Identify common characteristics and indicators associated with malicious insiders; (3) Identify actions that can be taken against insider threats.

FEMA Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats Course