This document is a supplement to "NIPP [National Infrastructure Protection Plan] 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience". "Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) highlights the role of the national physical and cyber coordinating centers in enabling successful critical infrastructure security and resilience outcomes. The National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) fulfill this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsibility within the critical infrastructure partnership. This supplement describes how partners throughout the critical infrastructure community--owners and operators; Federal partners; regional consortia; and State, local, tribal, and territorial governments--can connect to the NICC and NCCIC. It describes the information desired by the centers and their partners, as well as how the centers protect and analyze data to inform prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery activities. These centers, along with an integrated analysis function, build situational awareness across critical infrastructure sectors based on partner input and provide information with greater depth, breadth, and context than information from any individual partner or sector. PPD-21 highlights the importance of these centers and the multidirectional information sharing that enables them to build true situational awareness. 'The success of these national centers, including the integration and analysis function, is dependent on the quality and timeliness of the information and intelligence they receive from the Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs) and other Federal departments and agencies, as well as from critical infrastructure owners and operators and State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities.'"
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