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Welcome

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.

Events

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.

Lessons Learned from the Power Outage in Ukraine and How the Electric Grid of the Future Will Reduce Cybersecurity Risk

By Martin Kessler First of its kind From the vantage point of the 225,000[1] Ukrainian customers who lost power on December 23, 2015, it was an ordinary outage.  Customers routinely lose power in Ukraine, particularly in the cold winter months, and since electricity was returned to most customers in less than six hours, there was no reason […]

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Resilience Required! – The Struggle to Educate America about EMP and Secure the U.S. Electric Grid

Ronald Jacobus III and Tommy Waller Introduction Imagine that all of a sudden your life drastically changes. The cell phone in your hand, which functioned just moments ago, will no longer send texts, make calls, or connect to the Internet. Your vehicle, with the key still in the ignition and your foot on the gas, […]

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From Our Partners – SLTTGCC Cyber Resource Compendium

The State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC) has developed a Cyber Resource Compendium which catalogs various free and at-cost resources and services available from Federal agencies, industry and government associations, public-private partnerships, and other organizations focused on cybersecurity. The document is intended as a toolkit for government and private sector entities seeking […]

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From the Director – March/April 2016

Welcome to the April 2016 edition of The CIP Report, in which we investigate the key role played by state and local regions in Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. It is at the regional, state, and local level that vital efforts to respond to and mitigate disasters takes place, as well as the collaborative work […]

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Challenges for Implementing Resilience during Normal Time: a Human Engineering Approach

Silvana V. Croope, Ph.D., ENV SP, Delaware Department of Transportation In the United States, the Department of Homeland Security has identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors vital for a secure national economy, public health or safety, and security, upon which society depends. To make sure proper effort is dedicated to building resilience in these sectors to […]

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Thoughts on Resilience: What Happens When WMATA Shuts Down?

by K. Denise Rucker Krepp At 4:16pm on March 15, 2016, I received a phone call from a reporter.  She wanted to know if I had heard anything about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) decision to close the underground metro for 29 hours.  I’m a locally elected official so she assumed that I […]

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Regional Networks for Operational Intelligence & Agility: Focusing on Day-to-Day Operations and Advancing Strategic Resilience

by William G. Raisch, Carlos E. Restrepo, Parker M. Coyne, Carol A. Shields, and Amelia R. Swan International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP), New York University An innovative resilience private/public sector program has been established with a focus on addressing the full spectrum of disruptions to organizational operations, from the day-to-day smaller disruptions that affect […]

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Upcoming Event: Resilience Roundtable – Designing and Building 22nd Century Infrastructure

Date: Monday, 25 APRIL 2016 Location: Room 113 Founders Hall, George Mason University, Arlington VA Our current, challenging building environment includes many issues like resilience, sustainability, triple bottom line, and life cycle maintenance which go beyond our basic, code-based design requirements. Also consider that just as we are still using 100 year old infrastructure, the […]

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In the News – Kojo Nnamdi Discusses Cyberattacks Against DC Area Hospitals

Source: Medill DC, available under Creative Commons Attribution License From March 31, 2016, Kojo Nnamdi of WAMU 88.5 public radio in Washington, DC: “MedStar Health, a network that includes 10 hospitals and dozens of medical offices in the D.C. and Baltimore regions, recently took key elements of its medical system offline after hackers penetrated its […]

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MWCOG and InfraGardNCR Key to Government Engagement with Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Stakeholders

By Christopher Ryan, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security Understanding the priorities and concerns of all critical infrastructure (CI) stakeholders is an essential step toward crafting homeland security strategic plans that reflect the whole community.  For state and local governments, collecting information from government partners is generally straightforward; planners often already have […]

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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.