President Obama has proclaimed December 2012 as Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month to recognize the importance of protecting our Nation’s infrastructure resources and enhancing our national security and resilience. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy and other incidents, including cyber, across the Nation this year, critical infrastructure disruptions or failures impact business, transportation, and the overall economy. We are all connected to critical infrastructure and we all have a role to play in protection and resilience efforts.
Resilience and modernization are vital to sustaining and enhancing critical infrastructure. Much of our critical infrastructure is reliant on energy and communication systems. It is also aging, overtaxed, or at risk of failure in extreme conditions. Addressing these vulnerabilities in a way that recognizes current challenges and builds upon current knowledge and technology is central to our unified effort to make the Nation stronger and more secure.
Our team at DHS and the federal community looks forward to our continued work with you in advancing our efforts to enhance the physical and cyber resilience of critical infrastructure. Our partnership has created a community where the best minds can exchange ideas and insights and build on our shared passion to protect the Nation. By sharing our expertise in our different lines of business to shape a smarter policy, by communicating our knowledge to improve situational awareness in an evolving situation, or by reaching out to new companies to join our efforts, we create a stronger and more effective partnership for tomorrow’s national and economic security challenges.
Throughout the month of December and beyond, DHS is working to elevate awareness of protecting critical infrastructure, to engage and activate partnerships with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, to close gaps in our protection programs, to collaborate with private sector stakeholders, including critical infrastructure owners and operators, and to expand and reinforce critical infrastructure protection and resilience.
I encourage you to read the President’s proclamation and share it with others you know that have a role to play in critical infrastructure protection and resilience. Safeguarding critical infrastructure requires vigilance, innovation, and determination. Protecting and strengthening critical infrastructure makes the Nation stronger and more resilient and brings out the best in America. Thank you for your partnership and continued dedication.
For more about Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month and some of the resources available, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/critical-infrastructure-protection-month
Office of Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security