Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, observed in the month of November, builds awareness and appreciation of the importance of critical infrastructure and reaffirms the nationwide commitment to keep our critical infrastructure and our communities safe and secure. Securing the nation's infrastructure, which includes both the physical facilities that supply our communities with goods and services, like water, transportation, and fuel, and the communication and cyber technology that connects people and supports the critical infrastructure systems we rely on daily, is a national priority that requires planning and coordination across the whole community.
During November, the Department focuses on engaging and educating public and private sector partners about the systems and resources that support our daily lives. DHS calls on our partners, stakeholders, and communities to serve as force multipliers of this message. By raising awareness of the importance of securing the assets, systems, and networks we count on every day, we can build on the great work of this public-private partnership and further enhance the security and resilience of our critical infrastructure.
An important part of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month is our continued work on implementing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan to safeguard both cyber and physical systems through collaborative public-private partnerships at all levels of government and industry from local, regional, national, and international perspectives.
This year, the Department is highlighting the 2015 Sector-Specific Plans, which supplement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Throughout the year, the public and private sectors collaborated on updating these specific plans to address the unique capabilities, characteristics, and risk profiles of their respective infrastructure sectors. The Sector-Specific Plans set the strategic direction for voluntary, collaborative efforts to reduce risk and build resilience over the next four years.
How You Can Get Involved
- Read the Presidential Proclamation for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month
- Businesses and government partners that make up each critical infrastructure sector can use the 2015 Sector-Specific Plan for their industry to develop individual paths forward as they address security challenges and build resilience for future generations.
- Share stories and information about your efforts to support infrastructure security and resilience with your customers, constituents, partners, residents, and employees through newsletters, websites, emails, blog posts, and tweets.
- Reinforce the role your organization/office plays in infrastructure security and resilience by incorporating references to Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month in speaking engagements and events.
- Follow @DHSgov on Twitter, and post infrastructure security and resilience efforts, tips, news, and resources on social media using the hashtag #infrastructure.
- Download a Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Toolkit to help promote awareness.
- Download and print the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month fact sheet for your event, office, or friends.
Americans can do their part at home, at work, and in their local communities by being prepared for all hazards, reporting suspicious activities, and learning more about critical infrastructure security and resilience.