Ritical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Protection


The President s National Strategy for Homeland Security (NSHS), issued in July 2002, classified specific infrastructure sectors as critical. Our critical infrastructures are particularly important because of the functions or services they provide to our country. Our critical infrastructures are also particularly important because they are complex systems: the effects of a terrorist attack can spread far beyond the direct target, and reverberate long after the immediate damage. America s critical infrastructure encompasses a large number of sectors.
Our agriculture, food, and water sectors, along with the public health and emergency services sectors, provide the essential goods and services Americans need to survive. Our institutions of government guarantee our national security and freedom, and administer key public functions. Our defense industrial base provides essential capabilities to help safeguard our population from external threats. Our information and telecommunications sector enables economic productivity and growth, and is particularly important because it connects and helps control many other infrastructure sectors. Our energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemical industry, and postal and shipping sectors help sustain our economy and touch the lives of Americans every day.*
*The National Strategy listed the following critical infrastructure sectors:
” Agriculture
” Food
” Water
” Public Health
” Emergency Services
” Government
” Defense Industrial Base
” Information and Telecommunications
” Energy
” Transportation
” Banking and Finance
” Chemical Industry
” Postal and Shipping
*The National Strategy for Homeland Security (2007), U.S. Office of Homeland Security.
For a good understanding of the many types of infrastructures and their vulnerabilities, click O Connor (2010) The Safety and Security of Critical Infrastructure.

Answer the following:
1.Explain interconnectivity of infrastructures (e.g., airlines and the power grid) with specific examples. Do interconnectivities increase the vulnerability of major infrastructures?
2.Should a CIP management model be centralized, decentralized, or a combination? Propose a relevant management practice model that supports your position.
3.Comment on critical infrastructures in your town, state, or area of deployment. Number, Type(s)? How protected?

Paper must be 3 pages
References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). The references should be cited within the text and also listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (APA format).

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to question.
The following items will be assessed in particular:
” Relevance (e.g. all content is connected to the question)
” Precision (e.g. specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate).
” Depth of discussion (e.g. present and integrate points that lead to deeper issues)
” Breadth (e.g. multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues and factors considered)
” Evidence (e.g. points are well-supported with facts, statistics and references)
” Logic (e.g. presented discussion makes sense, conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information)
” Clarity (e.g. writing is concise, understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples)
” Objectivity (e.g. avoid use of first person and subjective bias)

A generic national framework for critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP) (2007). Manual Suter Center for Security Studies, ETH, Zurich. Retrieved November 17, 2012 from: generic-national-framework-for-ciip.pdf

O Connor, T. (2010) The safety and security of critical infrastructure. Retrieved November 16, 2012 from: EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?codeIS-860.b

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center:

Ritical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Protection

Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Protection: An Introduction

The purpose of this session long project (Modules 1 5) is to provide you with the opportunity to prepare a paper or report on CIP that is of particular interest to you community, state, or the United States in general. The following information is essential in ensuring your success with this course component.

The project is to include at least the following information:
Rationale for choosing your topic.
Review of the literature.
Implications for you community, state, or the United States in general.

Session Long Project

For this first module you are to examine the literature (given to you in background information or search the internet) and consider on what topic you will focus for your CIP project. Prepare a two (2) page proposal depicting how you will approach and on what you will be focusing in this project.

To begin your SLP, in this first module, you are to proceed accordingly:
1.Begin browsing through the literature that relate to your topic of interest. The topic should be important to you or at least to the United States in general
2.Finally, develop a preliminary draft introduction to your review in one or two pages including a reasonably articulated topic to the literature and a sound rationale or problem statement on why you have selected this topic in CIP.

While your introduction is not Set in stoneand you may be fine-tuning this along the way, this introduction is to be written in a scholarly manner illustrating careful thought and insight toward the focus of your project.