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About the Protective Security Coordination Division

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The Protective Security Coordination Division (PSCD) is a division within the National Protection and Programs Directorate's Office of Infrastructure Protection that provides programs and initiatives to enhance the protection and resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure with respect to all-hazards incidents.

Mission

PSCD provides strategic coordination and field operations support to reduce risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure from a terrorist attack or natural disaster. PSCD programs help critical infrastructure owners and operators and state and local responders:

  • Assess vulnerabilities, interdependencies, capabilities, and incident consequences
  • Develop, implement, and provide national coordination for protective programs
  • Facilitate critical infrastructure response to and recovery from all hazards

This is accomplished through a combination of data collection, assessment, and analysis to give government officials and private sector owners and operators what they need for risk mitigation and to build resilience. The Division’s activities also inform Department initiatives such as infrastructure protection grant programs and research and development requirements.

Leadership and Organization

The Protective Security Coordination Division is led by Director Linda Solheim.

The Division's work covers the following areas:

Field Operations — Regional Directors and Protective Security Advisors

Regional Directors and Protective Security Advisors (PSAs) are on-site critical infrastructure and vulnerability assessment specialists deployed in 50 states and Puerto Rico. They coordinate vulnerability assessments and training, support incident management, and provide a vital communication channel between state and local officials, private sector owners and operators, and the Department. PSAs also play a pivotal role in the Office of Infrastructure Protection’s initiative to increase critical infrastructure protection and resilience on a regional level. Learn more.

PSAs also support development of the national risk picture by identifying, assessing, monitoring, and minimizing risk to critical infrastructure at the state, local, and regional level.

Office for Bombing Prevention

The Office for Bombing Prevention enhances the nation’s ability to detect, deter, prevent, and respond to improvised explosive devices—the preferred method of attack for terrorists—by:

  • Coordinating national and intergovernmental bombing prevention efforts
  • Evaluating domestic terrorist bombing prevention requirements and analyzing capability gaps
  • Sharing information about terrorist tactics, techniques, and procedures
  • Conducting training, outreach, and awareness events

Office for Bombing Prevention programs include:

The Office for Bombing Prevention is also the Department lead for implementing Homeland Security Presidential Directive 19: Combating Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States.

Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessments

The Protective Security Coordination Division develops and deploys a scalable assessment methodology to identify critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, support collaborative security planning, and provide options for consideration to enhance protective measures and risk mitigation strategies.

Available critical infrastructure vulnerability assessment programs:

Last Published Date: May 15, 2013
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