Monday, January 4, 2010

Critical Infrastructure Webinar To Be Held January 6

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be holding a Webinar on January 6, 2010, from 3:00-4:00PM EST, called Critical Infrastructure Resilience: The Next Frontier in Homeland Security, to discuss the Infrastructure Protection mission. Under Secretary for DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate (NIPP) Rand Beers will address the interdependencies and important steps DHS is taking to protect the country's critical infrastructure. The Webinar was originally scheduled for Monday, December 21, but was postponed due to weather. Click here to register.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7), released December 17, 2003, identified seventeen CIKR sectors: Agriculture and Food; Banking and Finance; Chemical; Commercial Facilities; Communications; Dams; Defense Industrial Base; Emergency Services; Energy; Government Facilities; Healthcare and Public Health; Information Technology; National Monuments and Icons; Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste; Postal and Shipping; Transportation Systems (including mass transit); and Water. An eighteenth CIKR, Critical Manufacturing, was formally established in 2008 by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. The majority of the eighteen CIKRs are owned and operated by the private sector, creating a need for close collaboration between industry and DHS. NIPP streamlines methods to protect all eighteen CIKRs into a single program.

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