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Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

The innovation and agility needed to protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure requires collaboration between both the public and private sectors. Today, the Department of Homeland Security is releasing a national plan to guide research activities across all 16 critical infrastructure sectors, which provide the essential products and services that support the Nation’s safety, prosperity, and well-being.

The National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Research and Development (CISR R&D) Plan, mandated by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21, identifies priority areas that inform R&D investments, promote innovation, and guide research activities across the critical infrastructure community.

This plan outlines a path forward for stakeholders to collaborate in implementing and advancing the National CISR R&D Priority Areas. The Plan was developed through a collaborative process involving public and private stakeholders from across the critical infrastructure community.

The National CISR R&D Priority Areas will: 

  • Deepen the foundational understanding of critical infrastructure systems and systems dynamics
  • Develop fully integrated and scalable risk assessment and management approaches
  • Continue to develop integrated and proactive capabilities, technologies, and methods to support secure and resilient infrastructure
  • Harness the power of cutting edge data sciences to create unified, integrated situational awareness and to understand consequences of action
  • Build a crosscutting culture of CISR R&D collaboration, to focus on creating  unity of effort, and building up skills and education capabilities

We will continue to engage with our stakeholders as the critical infrastructure community works to further define R&D requirements and design and implement solutions that meet identified needs.

For more information or to download a copy of the plan, visit here

Last Updated: 02/05/2021
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