DHS Report Describes “Key Threats and Hazards” to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

DHS SealThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report on the status of U.S. critical infrastructure titled, “Sector Risk Snapshots.” This compendium “provides a brief overview and risk profile of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, the Education, Electric, and Oil and Natural Gas Subsectors, and the seven Transportation Systems Modes.” The analysis of these sectors is meant to identify “key threats and hazards concerning the sectors” and to “serve as quick reference aids for homeland security partners.”

The 16 critical infrastructure sectors listed and examined in this report are the following: Chemical; Commercial Facilities; Communications; Critical Manufacturing; Dams; Defense Industrial Base; Emergency Services; Energy; Financial Services; Food and Agriculture; Government Facilities; Healthcare and Public Health; Information Technology; Nuclear Reactors; Materials; and Waste; Transportation Systems; and Water and Wastewater Systems.

Each sector is described in a two-page summary that provides a general overview of the sector, a section that briefly outlines “threats and hazards of significant concern,” and a “more information” section that supplies links to other resources on the topic.

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