New DHS Website Aimed at Infrastructure Safety

Site Links to Tools, Best Practices for Digital, Physical Infrastructure Protection The Department of Homeland Security this week launched a website aimed to furnish stakeholders and the public with easy accessible information in securing the nation's critical infrastructures and key resources (CIKR).

According to DHS: the website:

  • Features a link to the new CIKR Resource Center, which includes information about how to sign up for free web-based seminars on the tools, trends, issues, and best practices for infrastructure protection and resilience; resources concerning potential vulnerabilities for chemical facilities; and details about the National Response Framework, which outlines guidance for all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified response to disasters and emergencies.
  • Provides information about DHS' continuing CIKR efforts, including the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, the federal government's unified approach that's coordinated by DHS to ensure protection and resiliency of CIKR through partnerships with thousands of public and private members.

CIKR include physical and digital assets, systems and networks that play significant roles in America's safety, economy and public health. Their incapacitation or destruction could debilitate the overall stability of the United States and threaten national security, DHS said.

CIKR is comprised of 18 sectors - mostly owned and operated by the private sector - that includes key areas such as food and water, manufacturing, energy, communications and transportation systems and emergency services. DHS collaborates with its private sector partners through the Government and Sector Coordinating Councils, which bring together state, local, tribal and private sector partners to coordinate security efforts.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

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Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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