2010: The Year of Critical Infrastructure Resilience
Strategies for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection have been evolving to include, in addition to physical protection and emergency response, capabilities to maintain crucial civil and corporate functions and sustain public confidence. Our nation should be better prepared to respond and recovery from any hazardous event. Being able to analyze risk of national, regional, community, and infrastructure interdependencies would enable homeland defense and security stakeholders to construct a cooperative framework for contingency, response and recovery.
The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) is a not-for-profit public private partnership facilitating the development of policy and practice advancing critical infrastructure security and resilience. TISP has been leading stakeholders in the evolution of critical infrastructure protection concepts since 2002. Today, homeland defense and security organizations have been working concepts of resilience into critical infrastructure protection. By incorporating infrastructural qualities like robustness and redundancy as well as contingency concepts of resourcefulness and rapid recovery, critical infrastructure and key resources are capable of less time spent on response and recovery from any disruption and more time on preparedness.
The Path to National Standards
The TISP 2009-2014 Strategic Plan outlines four thematic goals and a set of prominent objectives the TISP Board of Directors and staff will pursue to execute our responsibilities regulated by our mission and vision. TISP is committed to maintaining its level of excellence as it sets a path to a national standard for critical infrastructure security and resilience.
As TISP is a partnership of civil and corporate entities, we examined specific functions of security and resilience planning such as continuance of operations, resilient communications, common risk assessment measures and methods, the national strategy for disaster recovery, homeland defense, and homeland security, interdependencies, life cycle assessments, and the resilience of critical infrastructure. We discovered three subjects with which TISP can utilize its core functional resources to advance the security and resiliency of our nation's critical infrastructure. By developing public private partnership initiatives to address these subjects TISP enables many possibilities such as the development of an entity capable of pre-assessing disasters to determine loss of infrastructure and resources and the impact of the loss on scale of the nation, regions, states, and communities. TISP's primary programs for 2010 -2011 include:
1. Thought Leadership at the Intersection of Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Risk Science.
TISP is forming a Risk Standardization Task Force to facilitate development of common policies, measures, and methodologies used in risk assessment and management. A standardized risk management approach for infrastructure, communities, States and regions will enable national resilience within a unified goal with a set of tenets for risk management and common taxonomy applicable to each CI/KR sector.
2. Update the Regional Disaster Resilience Guide and develop a new Critical Infrastructure Resilience Guide.
The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Committee will lead the partnership in assessing the value of the 2006 edition of the Regional Disaster Resilience Guide. The Guide is a "living document" flexible to updating as new capabilities and techniques develop. Now nearly four years old, how has the Guide performed for the users: and how could it be improved it to make it more useful? Additionally, the CIRC will develop a similar guide of owners and operators to address resilience in their risk management plans.
3. Incorporate Resilience in the Whole Infrastructure/Build Criteria.
The Engineering, Construction and Architecture Committee would lead the effort to incorporate resilience concepts and standards into the requirements for whole infrastructure build and whole building design criteria. We will work with organizations such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to ratify the inclusion.
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