Tagged: critical

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

The 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...

Power Grid Needs a Cybersecurity Boost: Bipartisan Policy Center Report Finds Weaknesses in U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

In February, the Co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, together with the National Homeland Security Project, published a report of findings on the security status of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Protecting this power grid from cyber attacks is critical to national security in an environment where...

Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released today a new report that outlines the recent failures of the federal government to prevent cyberattacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure. The report, “The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure”, looks into the cyber vulnerabilities of six...

DHS Releases 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

Following the February 2013 issuance of Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) that called for an update to the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its newest plan: “NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.” The Plan “outlines how government and...

Streamlining and Consolidating Congressional Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Aspen Institute and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania have released their Task Force Report on Streamlining and Consolidating Congressional Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Nearly a decade after the 9/11 Commission issued its report on the greatest act of terrorism on...

Cybersecurity Gaps & Electric Grid Vulnerability

According to a new report released Tuesday by members of Congress, the critical infrastructure of the United States is enduring “daily,” “constant,” and “frequent” cyberattacks on its computer systems. The report refers to critical infrastructure as systems that are intrinsic to the daily operations of the United States, which include...

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recently released its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, a report which examines the threats currently facing the state. According to the report, “Texas faces the full spectrum of threats. The globalization and convergence of crime and terrorism; an unsecure border with...

America’s Infrastructure GPA Rose Slightly in 2013 to D+

“Every 4 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure.” From the executive summary: “Now the...

Still Picking Up the Pieces: The Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Today is the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that occurred in northeast Japan following a magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11, 2011. The earthquake, which developed on the ocean floor just off the coast of the country, generated a large tsunami which struck the power plant...