During Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, it is important to think about how critical infrastructure is part of your daily life. Critical infrastructure plays a vital role in our national security and prosperity.
The Nation’s infrastructure includes supply lines that bring our communities goods and services like water, transportation, and fuel and communication. It also includes the digital systems that enable us to get cash from the bank, map out the best route to a destination, and power our homes. Often times we take these benefits for granted.
Therefore, throughout November, we want to focus on the efforts that help ensure the security of the vast, interconnected network of systems, products, and services that we all depend on.
DHS works every day with our public and private partners to ensure the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. Over the last year, we have engaged with our partners across the critical infrastructure community to update and release the 2015 Sector-Specific Plans that provides strategic plans for building resilience and reducing risk. As each of the plans are updated we will share them broadly and update their status on the 2015 Sector-Specific Plans page on DHS.gov.
Visit the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month webpage to learn more about critical infrastructure and why it is important to both our daily lives and our national security. DHS leads this national effort, but it takes communities, business and industry, governments at all levels, and millions of men and women working day in and day out across the Nation to “keep the lights on” in all the sectors that provide food, roads, health care, emergency response, and communications.
I urge businesses and organizations of all kinds to review and revise their plans, processes, and protective measures to ensure strong, resilient infrastructure that can withstand and recover from all hazards. We can all help manage risk to critical infrastructure by being vigilant and reporting suspicious activity.