The Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection operates the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) Program. PSAs facilitate field activities in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security offices. The PSA Program maintains a robust operational field capability by:
- Conducting assessments of nationally significant critical infrastructure through Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (ECIP) security surveys, site assistance visits, and incident response; and
- Providing access to infrastructure security and resilience resources, training, and information.
What Is the PSA Program?
The PSA Program’s primary mission is to secure critical infrastructure. Working with regional directors, PSAs conduct cross-cutting information sharing and coordination activities in support of these mission areas:
- Plan, coordinate, and conduct security surveys and assessments
- Plan and conduct outreach activities
- Support National Special Security Events (NSSEs) and Special Event Activity Rating (SEAR) Level I and II events
- Respond to incidents
- Coordinate and support improvised explosive device awareness and risk mitigation training
There are 96 regional directors and PSAs, including 89 field-deployed personnel serving in 73 districts in 50 states and Puerto Rico. Regional directors and PSAs provide federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector stakeholders with access to steady-state DHS risk-mitigation tools, products, and services, such as training and voluntary vulnerability assessment programs. They also support officials who plan and lead NSSE and SEAR events.
During incidents, PSAs serve as the infrastructure liaisons at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Offices, Regional Coordination Centers, and in state and county emergency operations centers.
PSAs also conduct joint site visits and vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructure assets with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They work with the United States Secret Service to provide vulnerability assessments, security planning, and coordination during NSSEs and other large-scale special events.