Communications: Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Sector-Specific Plan as Input to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan [open pdf - 4MB]
"The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Katrina on the communications infrastructure significantly redefined the Communications Sector threat environment. The importance of communications to the Nation's health and safety, economy, and public confidence cannot be overstated. To implement the NIPP, Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs) for each of the 17 critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) sectors are partnering with State, local, and tribal governments, and industry to create and implement Sector-Specific Plans (SSPs). The National Communications System (NCS), within the DHS, serves as the SSA for the Communications Sector. The development and implementation of the Communications SSP provides an opportunity for industry and government sector security partners to take advantage of the infrastructure protection framework it provides. For government partners, the processes outlined in this plan support their missions to execute command, control, and coordinate, to provide national, economic, and homeland security, and to ensure public health and safety. For private sector partners, the protection of critical infrastructure is important for the security of their employees, assets, business continuity, and services provided to customers."
Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/