The CIP Report

From the Director – March/ April 2017: Upcoming Events and The CIP Report

Posted: April 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm, Last Updated: April 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Dear CIP Report Readers, Greetings from the Center for Infrastructure Protection at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University.  I wanted to take the opportunity to update you all on our plans for forthcoming issues, as we have changed our cycle to better report on recent events and focus on some important offerings coming later […]

Aging Waterways, Out of the Box Solutions

Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

Denise Rucker Krepp, EMR USA On March 28, 2017, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the United States’ increasing dependence on foreign sources of minerals and opportunities to rebuild and improve the country’s supply chain.[1]  Senator Murkoswi, the Chair of the committee, sought input from witnesses on ways to […]

From the Director – January/February 2017

Posted: February 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm, Last Updated: February 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Welcome to our first issue of the 2017 edition of The CIP Report. We open this year in Critical Infrastructure with a focus on the subject of Business Continuity and the role that this discipline plays in the resilience of Critical Infrastructure systems. Critical Infrastructure systems often deliver their capabilities in a near continuous fashion. […]

A Business Case for the NIST Cyber Security Framework

Posted: February 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm, Last Updated: February 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Richard Tracy, Telos Corporation In February 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology a Cyber Security Framework (CSF) in response to Executive Order (EO) 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”. Among other things, this EO tasked NIST to develop a Framework to improve the cyber resilience of critical infrastructure systems.  Developed in coordination with industry, […]

ISO 22331, Guidance for Business Continuity Strategy

Posted: February 21, 2017 at 10:09 am, Last Updated: April 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

George B. Huff, Esquire The Continuity Project, LLC This note describes the value to executives and business continuity professionals of an emerging ISO technical specification for business continuity management (BCM).[1] ISO 22331 (Security and resilience – Business continuity management systems – Guidance for business continuity strategy) is scheduled for publication in 2018. The emerging ISO […]

Cyber Resilience and the Critical National Infrastructure – A UK Perspective

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 10:38 am, Last Updated: February 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

Noel K. Hannan, BSc MSc CISSP VR Security of the Critical National Infrastructure has been a hot topic in the UK for several years, driven by several factors such as the Stuxnet[1] virus in 2010, the gradual and alarming sale of organisations and whole sectors to foreign investors, the development of the Internet of Things […]

From the Director – November/December 2016

Posted: December 12, 2016 at 11:41 am

Welcome to the final 2016 edition of The CIP Report, in which we turn our focus to the subject of Resilience as it applies to all aspects of Critical Infrastructure systems.  As our readers know, the ability of systems to withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions is result of synergy between public- and private-sector efforts.  […]

Lifecycle Design and Cumulative Benefit-Cost Analysis for Transportation Resiliency

Posted: December 7, 2016 at 10:04 am, Last Updated: December 7, 2016 at 10:05 am

Dr. Sam Merrill, GEI Consultants Judy Gates, Maine Department of Transportation For roads, bridges, and culverts it is challenging to make design decisions that anticipate a range of possible environmental futures. Not having a crystal ball, planners and engineers generally must select, for example, a bridge height without having a clear estimate of whether they […]

The Human Landscape – The Functional Bridge between the Physical, Economic, and Social Elements of Community Resilience

Posted: November 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm, Last Updated: November 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Dr. John R. Hummel, Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory Dr. Jennifer L. Schneider, Collaboratory for Resiliency and Recovery, Rochester Institute of Technology Introduction Community resilience results from the collective output of a set of elements within contributing systems. Figure 1 provides a conceptual view of the elements that can contribute to community resilience. […]

Self-Organization in Work Unit Resilience: Five Lessons from a Shipyard under Pressure

Posted: November 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm, Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Paul Theron, PhD, FBCI CREST Research Group (Crises & Resilience – Economy, Society, Technology), Paris, France As Paul Theron discussed in “Key Enablers of “Organisations’ Resilience,” Organizations’ Resilience is built upon five complementary types of resilience: Organization Sustainability; Business Resilience (Mission resilience); Work Unit Resilience; Technical Resilience and Individual Resilience.[1] This short paper depicts how […]