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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.

From the Director – Summer 2017

Greetings to our community of CIP Report readers from the Center for Infrastructure Protection (CIP). The focus of this issue is the 2017 Frontiers in Resilience Symposium hosted by CIP and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) 10–12 May 2017 at the George Mason University Arlington Campus. Thought leaders from government, academia, private industry, and the national […]

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Empowering Resilience in Energy and Water Systems: Addressing Barriers to Implementation of Urban Hydroelectric Micro-turbines

Jennifer F. Sklarew, Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Energy Policy, Center for Energy Science and Policy, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University Dann M. Sklarew, Ph.D., Associate Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University Introduction Energy and water systems face numerous challenges to resilience. […]

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Optimizing Mass Transit Transportation Resilience: Model, Implementation and Policy Directions

By Fadi A. Karaa, PhD Director, Critical Infrastructure Systems Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology Transportation Role in Community and Societal Resilience A disruption in one or more of the modes of transportation is bound to send ripple effects in a number if not all of the infrastructure sectors due to the significant inter-dependencies between […]

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In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 17, 2017

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring you the latest news and analysis on cyber threats facing the critical infrastructure in the United States, an overview of critical infrastructure security in South Africa, a new Executive Order, and a brief look at a cyber war game organized by the U.S. Naval War College. We close […]

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Safeguarding the Resilience of Power and Transportation Infrastructures during Transitions to Sustainability

Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University Lucia Gauchia, Michigan Technological University Winslow Burleson, New York University Elizabeth Chalecki, University of Nebraska-Omaha Jacqueline Tidwell, Arizona State University Ellen B. Stechel, Arizona State University Global reliance on fossil fuels for electric power and transportation energy raises a spectrum of concerns about societal stability and well-being, not in small […]

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Economics of Resilience: What Keeps Me Up at Night

Vanessa N. Vargas, Sandia National Laboratories Resilience has recently emerged as a national and homeland security priority, with several efforts in progress at the local and national level. It is not a new concept and has a history within the ecological, engineering, and mental health disciplines but there is no common consensus regarding how it […]

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In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 10, 2017

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring you commentary from across multiple sectors in both the United States and Australia, as well as views on election systems as critical infrastructure and the state of industrial cybersecurity. Securing Elections Remains Surprisingly Controversial Lily Hay Newman from Wired discusses continuing skepticism among state election officials towards the […]

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A Human-Centered Approach to the Prioritization of Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Susan Spierre Clark, RENEW Institute, University at Buffalo Thomas P. Seager, School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University Introduction The current approach to infrastructure prioritization by the U.S. involves the identification of 16 critical infrastructure (CI) sectors, including the lifeline sectors of water, energy, transportation, and communications, that are considered vital […]

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Integrated Risk Communication and Its Vital Role in Building Resilience in Transportation Systems

Andrea Stone, InfraGardNCR Summary Transportation operators and modes must bring together their safety, security, and emergency management functions to enable the use of a common risk management methodology that supports integrated risk communications. User-centric risk communications allow risk managers to communicate in a relevant and timely manner through the most appropriate vehicle to enable action. […]

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In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of July 3, 2017

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring the latest cybersecurity news as experts and policymakers focus on threats to critical infrastructure, including the latest news on the Petya ransomware attack and recent reports of hacks targeting the United States power grid and nuclear power plants. Survey: Cyber Pros Fear Attack on Critical Infrastructure Sean D. […]

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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.