The Infrastructure Information Collection Division (IICD) within the National Protection and Programs Directorate's Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) leads the Department’s efforts to gather and manage vital information regarding the nation’s critical infrastructure. Protecting our nation's critical infrastructure requires detailed, accurate, and consistent data to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural or manmade disasters. IICD helps to ensure that the necessary infrastructure data is available to homeland security partners by identifying information sources and developing applications and tools to support data collection, management, and visualization.
Resources and Tools for Infrastructure Protection and Resilience
IP information systems play a vital role in the efforts of DHS mission partners to identify, analyze, and manage risk to secure the nation's critical infrastructure. The Infrastructure Protection Gateway (IP Gateway) serves as the single interface through which DHS mission partners can access a range of integrated IP tools and data to conduct comprehensive vulnerability assessments and risk analysis.
The Web-based infrastructure surveys and assessments, available through the IP Gateway, allow users to capture valuable data on a facility’s physical and operational security and its resilience to attacks and natural hazards. The collected data is analyzed to determine the facility’s relative security and resilience in comparison to the national average for similar facilities. This information is used to develop dashboards that equip the facility’s owners and operators with the knowledge to detect and prevent physical, cyber, and natural threats, and better respond to, recover from, and remain resilient against all hazards.
Data Management and Protection
IICD establishes standards, requirements, and procedures to help ensure the consistency and relevance of data collected through IP's information systems. As part of this effort, IICD developed and maintains the Department's Infrastructure Data Taxonomy to provide a common terminology for communicating about critical infrastructure.
To enhance information-sharing efforts among the public and private sectors, the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) program provides congressionally mandated protections from public disclosure to qualifying critical infrastructure information. The success of the nation’s collaborative critical infrastructure protection program relies on participation from critical infrastructure owners and operators. The PCII program supports this effort by providing owners and operators with the assurance that their sensitive information can be protected.
Introduction to PCII
To support the efforts of critical infrastructure planners and other IP mission partners, IICD has integrated data visualization and mapping capabilities within the IP Gateway. The secure, web-based, geospatial mapping tool integrates commercial and government-owned data and imagery from multiple sources, to support complex data analysis or provide comprehensive situational and strategic awareness.
The OneView program is also available as an alternative visualization capability for Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII). OneView provides a rich interface for viewing maps of critical infrastructure, natural hazards data, and other user defined data sources, as well as enhanced imagery, geocoding, and routing features. For more information on OneView please visit the GII Webpage.
IICD manages infrastructure information partnerships with homeland security geospatial stakeholders in state and local governments, as well as the private sector. These partnerships include activities such as working to define better geospatial information requirements and to improve data sharing, creating geospatial data sets for partner use, assigning staff to work in the field and serve as focal points for state and local data needs, and managing workshops to address future geospatial information issues in homeland security and emergency response.
For more information on IICD or any of the tools above, please e-mail IPGateway@hq.dhs.gov.