S&T’s Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Research Program is tapping into the latest innovations in science and technology to address strategic CI needs.
On November 10, President Biden signed National Security Memorandum-16 (NSM-16) on Strengthening the Security and Resilience of United States Food and Agriculture. The NSM assigns key roles to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to overall strategic guidance and enhancing national unity of effort
This report is a collaborative effort between DHS S&T, FEMA's IPAWS Program, and CISA that summarizes recommendations that federal, state, and local agencies and private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators can employ to protect against the effects of an EMP event.
The Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T’s) Critical Infrastructure Resilience activities aim to improve understanding of the effects of EMP/GMD events on communications infrastructure and drive research activities to provide practical, data-driven, specific, and actionable information, concepts, techniques, technologies, and tools to critical infrastructure owners and operators to potentially mitigate the impact of and/or recover from EMP/GMD events. To address GPS vulnerabilities the Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Program has a multi-pronged approach of conducting vulnerability and impact assessments, developing mitigations, exploring complementary timing technologies, and engaging with industry through outreach events and meetings. Through these sustained efforts, the goal of the program is to increase the resiliency of critical infrastructure to GPS vulnerabilities in the future.
Within the homeland security enterprise, space-based systems play a critical role in securing the homeland as DHS components and partners rely heavily on space systems to provide information and communications necessary for mission success. The DHS Space Policy guides component efforts internally and across the homeland security enterprise.
The Resilient PNT Reference Architecture continues where the Conformance Framework left off by describing a concrete application of resilience concepts for a holistic approach to next-generation resilient PNT. It provides example implementations of resilience techniques as well as reference designs of architecture instances that align with the resilience levels within the Resilient PNT Conformance Framework.
Critical Infrastructure (CI) consists of the physical and cyber systems and assets that are so vital to the United States that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on our physical or economic security or public health or safety. The nation's CI provides the essential services that underpin American society.
The Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Research (CISRR) Program manages the broad range of related activities conducted throughout S&T to address critical infrastructure community needs with a whole-of-government approach.
S&T recently partnered with one of its COEs to host a Hackathon that focused on addressing current critical infrastructure risks and related threats.