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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.

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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.

In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 25, 2016

This Week in Critical Infrastructure, we have a big new release from the White House in the form of Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41). Below, we take a look at the directive itself, as well as reactions from commentators. Then, from Motherboard, an article on proposals for a U.S. cyber national guard. The White House […]

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In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 18, 2016

This Week in Critical Infrastructure, we have an updated report from the 2016 Black Hat USA Cybersecurity Conference outlining survey responses from attendees at last year’s event, including expert opinions regarding the threats of highest concern among security professionals; a new survey released by Dell on Digital Transformation Security; a special issue on Critical Infrastructure […]

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In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 11, 2016

As a new offering from the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, we are please to provide our first This Week in Critical Infrastructure, a short round-up of some of the significant events happening in industry, government, the press, and academia concerning critical infrastructure security and resilience. If you have any feedback on this […]

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From the Director – May/June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of The CIP Report, in which we focus on security and resilience issues of the Energy Sector. This “lifeline” critical infrastructure sector is always a source of rich insights and path breaking research. In our first offering, Martin Kessler from AES Corporation examines the events surrounding the power outage […]

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In the News – 2016 National Preparedness Report

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the latest update to the annual National Preparedness Report. Required by Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Report examines preparedness activities taken in the previous year, summarizing progress in building, sustaining, and delivering on the 32 core capabilities outlined in the […]

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Cyber Security of Energy Systems:  Institutional Challenges

Jennifer F. Sklarew, Ph.D. Senior Fellow for Energy Policy, Center for Energy Science and Policy, George Mason University Introduction To promote energy security, efficiency, and sustainability, many national and local governments continue to advance adoption of smart technologies for energy systems.  These smart systems rely more heavily on interconnected IT networks than traditional energy systems.  […]

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Modeling Electric Power and Natural Gas Systems Interdependencies

Edgar Portante, Brian Craig, Jim Kavicky, Leah Talaber, and Stephen Folga Risk and Infrastructure Science Center Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory Introduction Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) proposes a Resilient Infrastructure Initiative to leverage basic and applied science and technology to develop next-generation infrastructure risk assessment models.[1] One of the primary goals of the […]

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From Our Partners – Communicating Risk and Resiliency: Special Considerations for Rare Events

J.D. Solomon, PE, CRE, CMRP CH2M Daniel Vallero. PhD, MASCE Duke University Introduction Managing risks must be underpinned by scientifically credible risk assessments,[1] with numerous points of communication along the risk paradigm.  Low-probability, high-consequence (rare) events present special challenges to risk communications.  Scientific and engineering rigor are essential for rare events, as they are for […]

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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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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.