Welcome The CIP Report Education Programs Events


The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS) conducts comprehensive analyses and research to improve the safety and security of the United States and its allies across all critical infrastructure sectors. For more information, click here.

The CIP Report

The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS) at George Mason School of Business is pleased to present the new digital version of The CIP Report.

Education Programs

The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS) at the George Mason University School of Business offers education resources to the critical infrastructure community through Mason’s Executive MBA program, as well as the CIP Higher Education Initiative. Click to learn more.


Check in here for a calendar of upcoming events hosted by the Center, as well as events from important members of the critical infrastructure community and engagements featuring presentations from CIP/HS staff and fellows.

New from CIP/HS

A Socio-Technical Approach to Critical Infrastructure Resilience

November 23, 2015, 3:37 pm

Susan Spierre Clark and Thomas P. Seager School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University Whereas risk assessment is useful for mitigating and planning for events that we expect to occur, resilience is required to deal with low probability and often high consequence events that can be unpredictable due to the complex […]

From Our Partners – TISP 2016 Critical Infrastructure Symposium Call for Papers

November 18, 2015, 3:11 pm

Leaders from industry, government and academia are invited to participate in the 2016 Critical Infrastructure Symposium (CIS) by submitting an abstract of a presentation and/or paper. Now in its seventh year, CIS continues to showcase innovative research and best practices, and explore new challenges for building a more resilient and sustainable infrastructure. The Symposium is […]

In the News – WAMU Highlights Issues in Critical Infrastructure

November 18, 2015, 10:41 am

WAMU, American University’s public radio station, has recently featured coverage of important issues currently facing U.S. infrastructure. We share two of these features below. The Diane Rehm Show: Lights Out In an interview broadcast on November 16, 2015, Diane Rehm spoke to former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel on the latest developments in Paris and his […]

Why Johnny Isn’t Ready to Take on Today’s Jobs: The Need for FACT-Based Skill Sets

November 12, 2015, 2:02 pm

“Those who can, do. Those who can’t?  Teach.” This old adage must be replaced with, “Those who can, MUST teach, in order to promote a pragmatic, realistic perspective within the upcoming workforce.” –James Carlini   Today, the traditional promise, “A college degree will unlock the doors to better opportunities” rings very hollow with many Millennials. […]

In the News – CNA Military Advisory Board Publishes Report on National Security and U.S. Electrical Power

November 11, 2015, 1:56 pm

Earlier this month, CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA, released a new report from their Military Advisory Board (MAB) titled National Security and Assured U.S. Electrical Power. The CNA MAB is “an elite group of retired three- and four-star flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and […]

From the Director – October 2015

November 3, 2015, 2:40 pm

Welcome to the October issue of the CIP Report and its focus on the cyber dimension of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Few doubt the importance of the cyber dimension, but the recently released 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study from the Ponemon Institute brings this issue into a renewed focus. In a representative sample […]

Cyber Resources from the FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing Team

November 2, 2015, 11:39 am

We are pleased to share two of the latest releases from the FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing team. The ‘Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov)’ team identifies lessons learned derived from real-world or exercise experiences within the whole community and documents these lessons for emergency managers to consider when developing plans and exercises. Please click the […]

InfraGard: Enhancing Information Sharing Through Strategic Programming, Outreach, and Communications

October 29, 2015, 8:44 am

By Talley Philpy, Vice President of Communications for INCRMA InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector that is devoted to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against US critical infrastructure.  Individuals who work with or study critical infrastructure can apply to become members of their local InfraGard chapter, contingent […]

From Our Partners – A Philosophy for Designing 22nd-Century Infrastructure

October 27, 2015, 11:00 am; Updated: October 29, 2015, 9:44 am

Steven D. Hart, Ph.D., P.E. For the past 30 years as an engineering student, practitioner, and educator I have been intimately involved with design philosophies and approaches.  With my focus on infrastructure issues over the past eight years, I have come to the conclusion that our current design philosophies and approaches do not serve us […]

Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Cyber Dependencies

October 23, 2015, 12:41 pm

Nate Evans, Frédéric Petit, and Amanda Joyce, Risk and Infrastructure Science Center Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory Introduction In February 2013, Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, emphasized the need to develop and implement a flexible cybersecurity framework, consistent with existing standards, to identify, assess, and manage cyber risk.[1] In February 2014, […]

Building Personal Resilience

Click Here for information on George Mason's Personal Resilience Certificate Course, a six-week online program of study covering the essential elements for building resiliency in everyday life.