The CIP Report

From the Director – January 2016 Special Edition

Posted: January 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm, Last Updated: January 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

The CIP Report this month offers a focus on and updates regarding developments in Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience education. We believe the development of dynamic education programs is essential in creating leaders equipped to address the multifaceted challenges of critical infrastructure systems. As threats multiply and critical infrastructure systems become more interdependent, there is […]

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: Educating the Next Generation of Private Sector Leaders

Posted: January 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

By Mark D. Troutman, PhD, Director Center for Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security, George Mason University In January of 2015, the Business School of George Mason University introduced a specialized Critical Infrastructure track to complement its existing Executive MBA (EMBA) program.  Now in its second year of offering, this innovative program offers some early insight […]

The Critical Infrastructure Higher Education Initiative – Dynamic Resources for a Dynamic Field

Posted: January 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

Christie Jones, Education Program Manager Center for Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security, George Mason University The Critical Infrastructure Higher Education Initiative (CI HEI), a partnership between the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection, continues to be on the forefront […]

Integrating Active Learning into Infrastructure Security and Resilience Curriculum

Posted: January 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Ryan Baggett, Ed.D.,Associate Professor, Homeland Security Eastern Kentucky University For decades, the concept of active learning has been an academic “buzzword” with faculty being encouraged to seek innovative alternatives to traditional lecturing in an effort to enhance student learning.   Since the term “active learning” can be defined in many ways, it will be broadly defined […]

Success in Industrial Control System Cyber Security Training

Posted: January 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Emilee Harris, Instructional Designer Idaho National Laboratory Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure (CI) are a growing problem. Every day, there are disclosures about vulnerabilities in computer systems that run CIs as well as news reports describing attacks against these vital systems. The rate of change regarding CI cyber risk has been astonishing, and in the […]

Infrastructure Educational Strategies: Understanding the Scope and Scale of It

Posted: January 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm, Last Updated: January 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Robert McCreight,  GMU—CIP Fellow  The task of determining the scope and scale of our national infrastructure pulls us toward a frank and thorough assessment of essential infrastructure elements—gaps, vulnerabilities, and requirements.  These discussions demand a formal educational setting with sober reckoning about which systems are in the greatest and most immediate jeopardy and those for […]

From the Director – November/December 2015

Posted: December 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

This month, The CIP Report focuses on Resilience, a key theme of the 2013 NIPP and a guiding concept for CIP professionals. In their recently published Global Risks Report (10th Edition), the World Economic Forum illustrated an increasingly interconnected world of increasing risks. The implication follows that Critical Infrastructure faces more risks from more sources […]

Jones Act Resilience Considerations

Posted: December 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Kevin O’Shea, Rebecca Haffenden, and Karen Guziel, Risk and Infrastructure Science Center Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory Introduction Following a disaster, emergency managers may need to move goods into a disaster area using maritime shipping. The Jones Act is a Federal statute requiring that commodities moving between U.S. ports be transported via Jones Act-eligible […]

Practical Community Resilience

Posted: December 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm, Last Updated: December 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

By David Vaughn, Ed Hecker, and Cherrie Black The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) has embarked on a campaign over the last two years to improve the disaster resilience and economic stability of communities and the critical infrastructure and supply chains they depend upon. Our plan will employ current best practice methodologies, using all-hazards and economic […]

National Call to Action: The Resilient Infrastructure Initiative

Posted: December 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Megan Clifford, Risk and Infrastructure Science Center Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory Introduction A community’s ability to withstand all hazards depends on the security and resilience of the Nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure, which is increasingly challenged by: Population growth, which is predicted to increase by nearly 40 percent by 2050;[1] Aging and […]