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Critical Infrastructure Training

The Department’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) offers a wide array of free training programs to government and private sector partners. These web-based independent study courses, instructor-led courses, and associated training materials provide government officials and critical infrastructure owners and operators with the knowledge and skills needed to implement critical infrastructure security and resilience activities.

Critical Infrastructure Independent Study Courses

The courses listed here are developed and maintained by the Office of Infrastructure Protection in partnership with critical infrastructure owners and operators, Sector-Specific Agencies, sector liaisons, regional offices, other federal and state agencies, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute (FEMA EMI).

National Infrastructure Protection Foundational Courses

Security Awareness Training Courses

These training resources and more are available via the EMI Course Catalog. For more information, contact IP_Education@hq.dhs.gov.

Sector-Specific Training

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Training Portal

The Office of Infrastructure Protection now hosts a collaborative Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Training Portal for members of the Homeland Security Information Network – Critical Infrastructure (HSIN-CI). This depository of links and documents serves as a central location for training courses and other resources to support critical infrastructure security and resilience activities. To learn more about HSIN-CI and to become a member, visit the HSIN-CI webpage.

Interagency Security Committee Training

The Interagency Security Committee (ISC) developed a series of online and interactive training courses to provide federal facility security professionals, engineers, building owners, construction contractors, architects, and the general public with basic information pertaining to the ISC and its facility security standards, processes, and practices.

Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Training and Awareness

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) develops tools to improve national preparedness for bombing threats at all levels of government, the public, and the private sector. Course options include bombing prevention workshops, soft target awareness, and surveillance detection. For more information, contact the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBP@hq.dhs.gov.

Active Shooter Preparedness Workshops

DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.

Authorized User Training

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) authorized user training is available in a self-paced, electronic module for qualifying individuals with a need-to-know. For more information, visit the PCII Program webpage or contact the PCII Program Office at pcii-assist@hq.dhs.gov.

Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information

Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) training provides an overview of the Sensitive but Unclassified designation "Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information.” CVI protects information developed under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation regarding vulnerabilities of high-risk chemical facilities manufacturing, using, storing, or possessing certain explosive, reactive, flammable, or toxic chemicals of interest. Completion of this training will prepare you to successfully handle and safeguard CVI. For more information, contact CSAT@hq.dhs.gov.

Other Training Resources

Hometown Security

Graphic of a community with a government building, homes, skyscrapers, churches, shopping centers, and monuments with the words "Homeland Security starts with hometown security."Recognizing that many local businesses, organizations, and communities serve as the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure, DHS provides a variety of free tools and resources to enhance security and resilience for facilities and venues, and encourages businesses, organizations, and communities to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare organizations and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their communities. Go to the Hometown Security webpage for more information on tools and resources to help businesses, organizations, and communities plan, prepare, and protect from an attack.

Protective Security Advisors

Protective Security Advisors (PSAs) are field-based DHS representatives stationed across the United States to facilitate local field activities, contribute expert guidance, and provide access to assessments, resources, and training for critical infrastructure owners and operators, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

To contact your local PSA, please send an email to NICC@hq.dhs.gov.

Critical Infrastructure Learning Series

Critical infrastructure experts conduct these one-hour webinars that focus on the tools, trends, issues, and best practices for infrastructure security and resilience. Series offerings are available at no-cost and are highly recommended for private sector and government partners, including critical infrastructure owners and operators and officials responsible for risk, security, and emergency management functions.

Cybersecurity Training

The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) works to reduce risks within and across all critical infrastructure sectors. The Virtual Learning Portal (VLP) provides online training for those involved in the security of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for no cost.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) Education and Training Catalog is a central location where cybersecurity professionals across the nation can find over 3,000 cybersecurity courses. Use the interactive map and filters to search for courses offered in your local area. All of the courses are aligned to the specialty areas of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

FEMA’s National Training and Education Division

The Office of Infrastructure Protection has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Training and Education Division to offer training programs to critical infrastructure partners. These courses provide essential knowledge and awareness for understanding and following the principles, roles, and responsibilities that enhance critical infrastructure security and resilience. Find course schedules and complete descriptions for these courses in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s First Responder Course Catalog.

Critical Infrastructure Resources

The Department of Homeland Security also offers a wide array of additional tools and resources to government and private sector partners to enable the critical infrastructure security and resilience mission. Many of the resources of highest interest to the critical infrastructure security and resilience community can now be found in one location on the Critical Infrastructure Resources webpage.

Contact Information

For more information regarding critical infrastructure stakeholder training products or to provide feedback, email IP_Education@hq.dhs.gov

Last Published Date: August 22, 2018

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