New Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Policies

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Message on Behalf of the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection

To the Critical Infrastructure Community:

As you are all aware, the White House Administration has been working to develop an Executive Order (EO) for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR).  Coinciding with the State of the Union, President Obama signed those policy documents.  Together, these two documents are a big step forward in strengthening the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure to all hazards facing the Nation.

By issuing the EO and PPD together, the Administration is taking an integrated approach that strengthens the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against all hazards, through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets and calls for enhanced information sharing and public-private partnerships. 

Over the next several months, the critical infrastructure community will be working in an integrated fashion to meet the requirements laid out in these new policies.  This is a terrific opportunity to build upon eight years of work on NIPP partnerships, and we look forward to doing so in a collaborative manner between Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial governments along with the private and non-profit sectors.  DHS will be the lead for an Integrated Task Force responsible for fulfilling many of the requirements.