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Critical Infrastructure Protection

The economic and national security of the United States relies, in large part, on the security and reliability of information systems and networks that increasingly are linked to consumer and investor confidence. Computer networks create new avenues for malicious actors - ranging from hackers and common criminals to foreign intelligence agencies and international terrorists - who can do damage to all Americans.

The mission of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is to assist policy makers, industry, and consumers to become more educated about how to manage risks and protect cyberspace. We must seek solutions to protecting cyberspace that emphasize people, process, technology, innovation, effective law enforcement, a robust public private partnership, and an understanding that we all have a role to play to be aware, accountable and take action for securing our piece of cyberspace.

Working Group Presentations: Members of the Economic Security Working Group (EconSec WG) (formerly the Communications and Information Sector Working Group (CISWG) have benefited from presentations on a range of topics since 2001. See more...

Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, an act to establish the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. See complete document...

Homeland Security Presidential Directive/Hspd-7
Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection
December 17, 2003
The Department of Commerce, in coordination with the [Homeland Security] Department, will work with private sector, research, academic, and government organizations to improve technology for cyber systems and promote other critical infrastructure efforts, including using its authority under the Defense Production Act to assure the timely availability of industrial products, materials, and services to meet homeland security requirements. See more...

Cyber Security For the Homeland
Report of the Activities and Findings by the Chairman and Ranking Member Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research & Development of the U. S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security
December 2004

The Subcommittee believes DHS has made some progress in improving cybersecurity but has much work to accomplish in the coming years. In the coming year, the challenge will be to bring together resident expertise, programs, and budgets within DHS to develop a roadmap that fully implements the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. See complete report...

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
February 2003
The purpose of this document is to engage and empower Americans to secure the portions of cyberspace that they own, operate, control, or with which they interact. See complete report...

National Strategy for Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets
February 2003
The strategic objectives that underpin the national infrastructure and key asset protection effort include: identifying and assuring the protection of those infrastructure and assets we deem most critical; providing timely warning and assuring the protection of those infrastructures and assets that face a specific, imminent threat; and assuring the protection of other infrastructures and assets that may become targets over time by pursuing specific initiatives and enabling a collaborative environment between the public and private sector. See complete report...

The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. See more...

Contact us:
Critical Infrastructure Protection
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th St. & Constitution Ave., NW, Room 7846
Washington, D.C. 20230
Fax: (202) 482-1189
Daniel C. Hurley, Director
(202) 482-1157
Helen Anderson Shaw, Senior Telecommunications Policy Advisor
(202) 482-2333

Base Plan and Appendices
Full Version and annexes

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