This report addresses the protection and resiliency of the critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) of the United States. It describes the authorities, roles, and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel, outlines the CIKR Protection Program Strategy, examines DHS partnerships, and evaluates the long term efficacy of the CIKR Protection Program.
The CIKR Protection Program is described as a risk analysis and management framework that establishes the processes for combining consequence, vulnerability, and threat information to produce assessments of national or sector risk. The program is designed to: build national awareness; enable education, training and exercise programs to develop skilled professionals; conduct research and development to improve CIKR protection-related capabilities; develop, maintain, and safeguard data systems; and continuously improve the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).
The NIPP seeks to understand and share information about terrorist threats and other hazards with CIKR partners, build partnerships to share information and implement CIKR protection programs, implement a long-term risk management program, and maximize the efficient use of resources for CIKR protection, restoration, and recovery.
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