Questions from "Ask the Secretary":
How do you envision NPPD's Office of IP and the private sector divisions at Policy and FEMA partnering with industry to increase the security and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure?
Amy Graydon: Hello, Madam Secretary. I'm Amy Graydon, in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, in Washington, DC. My question for you is: how do you envision NPPD's Office of Infrastructure Protection, Policy's Private Sector Office and FEMA's Private Sector Division working together to partner with industry to increase the security and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure?
Secretary Napolitano: Amy, linking those things together, I think, is one of the key initiatives that we need to undertake and make even more robust. As we've seen with Hurricane Sandy, the ability to protect Critical Infrastructure makes a huge difference. Just think of the power outages that occurred in the Northeastern United States.
I just came from a meeting about the long-term rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. One of the key things I want to incorporate into that rebuild are concepts of resilience. By resilience, what we mean is the ability to get back on our feet and to measure appropriately what we can go without and what we need to sustain and get right back up immediately. So, a lot of work needs to be done. We are going to reach out even more to the sectors of the economy, the eighteen Critical Infrastructure sectors.
Power obviously is key. But there are others as well. Telecommunications, healthcare, water - I could go down the whole list. So, we have a lot of work to do in this regard, and it's one of the key things I want to focus on over the next year.