Foundations of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

CI HEI has developed modules of its “foundations” course—Foundations of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Divided into thirteen individualized, self-contained lessons, the course can now be integrated at both undergraduate and graduate levels on an “as needed” basis. Each module provides lesson objectives, reading resources, and classroom activities that can be easily adjusted by an instructor depending on the need. These modules provide an introduction to the policy, strategy, and practical application of critical infrastructure security and resilience (CISR) from an all-hazards perspective.


Lesson 1 – Introduction to Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
Provides an introduction to critical infrastructure, an overview of national critical infrastructure security and resilience policies, and how these strategies have evolved as a function of the all-hazards risk environment
Lesson 2 – Defining and Achieving Critical Infrastructure Resilience
Examines the concepts of resilience and security and how they apply to the critical infrastructure through initiatives and strategies across all government levels and the private sector
Lesson 3 – Examining CISR in the Context of the 21st-Century Threat Environment
Classifies and evaluates the various threats and hazards that may impact critical infrastructure within and across different sectors and how these threats can be assessed using all-hazards risk management approach
Lesson 4 – Examining CISR Authorities, Roles, and Responsibilities: Federal, SLTT, and the Private Sector
Identifies the various key stakeholders within the critical infrastructure security and resilience mission space, the authorities, roles, and responsibilities of these stakeholders, and challenges stakeholders face in executing these responsibilities
Lesson 5 – Organizing and Partnering to Share Information
Discusses how CISR-related information is collected, warehoused, protected, and exchanged among various levels of government and the private sector and evaluates the barriers to information sharing and collaboration
Lesson 6 – Assessing Critical Infrastructure Risk in an Interdependent World
Defines the major elements of critical infrastructure risk in the context of its major components and investigates how risk drives management strategies, plans, and resource investment across government and the private sector
Lesson 7 – Enabling CISR, Managing Risk, and Measuring Performance: The Volunatry Approach
Discusses how risks are assessed and managed and how performance is measured in those sectors in which critical infrastructure security and resilience is not regulated by a government entity
Lesson 8 – Enabling CISR, Managing Risk, and Measuring Performance: The Regulatory Approach
Focuses on how risks are assessed and managed and how performance is measured in those sectors in which security, emergency preparedness, and emergency response are regulated by a government entity
Lesson 9 – Insider Threats and Cybersecurity and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Vulnerabilities
Examines the linkages between cybersecurity and CISR from an operational and security perspective and identifies the challenges presented by information technology and SCADA systems vulnerabilities
Lesson 10 – CISR: The International Dimension
Explores the international dimensions of CISR, including global supply chain security
Lesson 11 – Managing Impacts to Critical Infrastructure in an All-Hazards Environment
Provides an understanding of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF) as they apply to CISR in the context of incident management
Lesson 12 – CISR Incident Management Exercise (Student Activity)
Focus on the roles and responsibilities of and the interaction between FSLTT governments; the private sector; and the general public in the context of an emergent threat as well as an incident is in progress.
Lesson 13 – Understanding, Planning, and Addressing Long-Term and Enduring Risks to Critical Infrastructure and Course Wrap-up
Assesses the likely critical infrastructure future operating environment, with a particular focus on dependencies, interdependencies, and technology factors, and evaluates long-term and enduring threats to critical infrastructure and corresponding long-term strategies and resources to address them

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