The CIP Report

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 […]

A Socio-Technical Approach to Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Posted: November 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Susan Spierre Clark and Thomas P. Seager School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University Whereas risk assessment is useful for mitigating and planning for events that we expect to occur, resilience is required to deal with low probability and often high consequence events that can be unpredictable due to the complex […]

From the Director – October 2015

Posted: November 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Welcome to the October issue of the CIP Report and its focus on the cyber dimension of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Few doubt the importance of the cyber dimension, but the recently released 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study from the Ponemon Institute brings this issue into a renewed focus. In a representative sample […]

Cyber Resources from the FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing Team

Posted: November 2, 2015 at 11:39 am

We are pleased to share two of the latest releases from the FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing team. The ‘Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov)’ team identifies lessons learned derived from real-world or exercise experiences within the whole community and documents these lessons for emergency managers to consider when developing plans and exercises. Please click the […]