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.
Critical infrastructure is the backbone of our Nation’s economy, security and health. We know it as the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation that moves us, and the communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family.
Throughout the month of December and beyond, the Department of Homeland Security is working to elevate awareness of protecting critical infrastructure. This includes engaging in partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as the private sector and reinforcing critical infrastructure protection and resilience.
What Is Critical Infrastructure?
Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof.
Our Shared Responsibility
Protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure is a shared responsibility—government cannot do it alone. Through an unprecedented public-private partnership framework, the Department works with other federal agencies, State and local agencies, local law enforcement, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other partners to protect critical infrastructure and build resilient communities. More about the partnership framework.
Working with Businesses to Strengthen America’s Resiliency, Deputy Undersecretary Spaulding
Strengthening the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure, Secretary Napolitano.