In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of February 20, 2017

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

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This Week in Critical Infrastructure we share some stories and reports on energy, cybersecurity, and transportation, including a report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association on structurally deficient bridges across the United States.


Nearly 56,000 American Bridges on Structurally Deficient List, New Analysis of Federal Data Shows

From the American Road & Transportation Builder’s Association (ARTBA): “An analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) recently-released 2016 National Bridge Inventory data finds cars, trucks and school buses cross the nation’s 55,710 structurally compromised bridges 185 million times daily. About 1,900 are on the Interstate Highway System. State transportation departments have identified 13,000 Interstate bridges that need replacement, widening or major reconstruction.”

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A World Turned Upside Down

From The Economist, an analysis of the effects of increased investments in renewable energy on energy utility markets, with an emphasis on the effects of subsidies on the overall market for electric power.

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Security Council Calls on Member States to Address Threats against Critical Infrastructure, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2341

“The Security Council today called upon Member States to address the danger of terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure, adopting a related resolution before holding a day-long open debate on that subject.

“Unanimously adopting resolution 2341 (2017), the Council encouraged all States to make concerted and coordinated efforts — including through international cooperation — to raise awareness and expand knowledge of challenges posed by terrorist attacks, so as to be better prepared for such attacks.”

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States Resist ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Designation for Election Systems

Mark Rockwell of GCN reports on a recent vote by the National Association of Secretaries of State to oppose recent proposals from the Department of Homeland Security to designate election systems as critical infrastructure. While some states have welcomed federal assistance in bolstering cybersecurity in the wake of reported attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, a majority of states have expressed concern of the potential intrusion of federal authorities into the traditionally state-managed domain of election management.

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DHS Offering GPS Resiliency Tests for Critical Infrastructure devices

For The Hill, Joe Uchill reports on a program being offered by DHS to allow critical infrastructure component manufacturers to have their equipment tested against GPS-based intrusions. Applications for the program, scheduled to take place in April, are due by March 3, [Link to the program application provided in the article]

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