Executive Collaboration for the Nation's Strategic Critical Infrastructure: Final Report and Recommendations   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The Nation's critical infrastructure is at a defining point in securing itself and assuring its operational resilience. The pace of growth of threats, whether man-made or natural, and their potential catastrophic consequences creates a sense of increased urgency. The nature and sheer volume of these threats require accelerating progress for improvements and realizing commitments to substantive action in a more systematic, coordinated way across sectors. From the physical attacks of 9/11 and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, to the more recent Ebola outbreak and Sony Cyber-attacks, the critical infrastructure threat landscape has continuously expanded and grown. These disasters, along with other cyber incidents, industrial accidents, pandemics, acts of terrorism, sabotage, criminal acts, and aging of physical assets have resulted in an enormously complex environment for the Nation's critical infrastructure. Resources will always be limited and insufficient to address everything that might happen. In order to ensure our ability to respond to this continuously evolving and growing scenarios of threats and consequences, Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) explicitly incorporated resilience into the mission to complement security as a means to manage the Nation's critical infrastructure risks. Resilience, however, requires greater integration of activities, and consideration of long-term as well as short term investments, within and across sectors. This requirement, in turn, will need greater coordination and unity of understanding, and unified action. As a result, there is a need to move the supporting public-private partnership to a more mature and advanced stage to make significant progress in addressing this complex environment."

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