The United States Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is a comprehensive initiative relating to the overall readiness, preparedness, and responsive mechanisms to serious incidents involving the United States critical infrastructure sectors. More specifically, according to the United Stated Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the “…CIP is the physical, cyber systems and assets that are extremely vital to the United States, such that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating and severe impact on the physical or economic security or public health or safety. As of 2013, there are sixteen (16) critical infrastructure sectors, which consist of the following:
- Chemical Sector
- Commercial Facilities Sector
- Communications Sector
- Critical Manufacturing Sector
- Dams Sector
- Defense Industrial Base Sector
- Emergency Services Sector
- Energy Sector
- Financial Services Sector
- Food and Agriculture Sector
- Government Facilities Sector
- Healthcare and Public Health Sector
- Information Technology Sector
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
- Transportation Systems Sector
- Water and Wastewater Systems Sector
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President’s Bill Clinton and George W. Bush played vital roles in recognizing the importance of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors, with Presidential Directive PDD-63 (http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/pdd/pdd-63.htm), under President Clinton, and Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-7 for Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection under President George W. Bush. From the White House to various industry organizations, associations, and think tanks, there’s an all-out effort for protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors.
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To learn more about CIP, visit http://www.dhs.gov/topic/critical-infrastructure-protection