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National Infrastructure Protection Plan

 drop of water hitting a body of water sending ripples out for the Water and Wastewater Sector; highway with cars beside train tracks with trains for the Transportation Systems Sector; antenna for the Communications Sector; server room for the Information and Technology Sector; storage tanks for the Chemical Sector; suspension bridge for the Transportation Systems Sector; and electric wires and electricty towers for the Energy Sector.Our Nation's well-being relies upon secure and resilient critical infrastructure—the assets, systems, and networks that underpin American society. The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) -- NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience -- outlines how government and private sector participants in the critical infrastructure community work together to manage risks and achieve security and resilience outcomes.

NIPP 2013 Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

NIPP 2013 represents an evolution from concepts introduced in the initial version of the NIPP released in 2006 and revised in 2009. The National Plan is streamlined and adaptable to the current risk, policy, and strategic environments. It provides the foundation for an integrated and collaborative approach to achieve the vision of: "[a] Nation in which physical and cyber critical infrastructure remain secure and resilient, with vulnerabilities reduced, consequences minimized, threats identified and disrupted, and response and recovery hastened."

NIPP 2013 meets the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive-21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, signed in February 2013. The Plan was developed through a collaborative process involving stakeholders from all 16 critical infrastructure sectors, all 50 states, and from all levels of government and industry. It provides a clear call to action to leverage partnerships, innovate for risk management, and focus on outcomes.

Read the 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan and its fact sheet.

NIPP 2013 Supplements

NIPP following supplements serve as tools and resources that can be used for members of the critical infrastructure community as they implement specific aspects of the Plan.

2016 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge

Through the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge, the Office of Infrastructure Protection, within the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, in partnership with the National Institute of Hometown Security (NIHS), provides an opportunity for the critical infrastructure community to help develop technology, tools, processes, and methods that address near-term needs and strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. The Challenge is unique in that it uses a partnership-building approach to help identify and fund innovative ideas focused on filling capability and technology gaps through state-of-the-art, cost-effective technologies and tools that are ready or nearly ready for the critical infrastructure community to use.

The selected submissions for the 2016 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge have been announced. Go to the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge webpage to get more information.

Sector-Specific Plans

PPD-21 assigns a federal agency, known as a Sector-Specific Agency (SSA), to lead a collaborative process for critical infrastructure security within each of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors. Each Sector-Specific Agency is responsible for developing and implementing a sector-specific plan (SSP), which details the application of the NIPP concepts to the unique characteristics and conditions of their sector. Sector-Specific Plans are being updated to align with the NIPP 2013.

More on the National Infrastructure Protection Plan

  • Joint National Priorities - The first call to action furthered by the NIPP 2013 advocated for the development of joint national priorities to inform resource allocation and decision-making on the part of critical infrastructure partners.

Training Courses

An array of independent study courses is available to the critical infrastructure community. These courses were developed by the National Protection and Programs Directorate's Office of Infrastructure Protection and are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute.

Critical Infrastructure Partnership Courses

  • IS 913.a Achieving Results through Critical Infrastructure Partnership and Collaboration
  • IS 921.a Implementing Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and CI Toolkit

Security Awareness Series Courses

  • IS 906 Workplace Security
  • IS 907 Active Shooter
  • IS 912 Retail Security Awareness
  • IS 914 Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
  • IS 915 Protecting Critical Infrastructure against Insider Threat
  • IS 916 Critical Infrastructure Security: Theft and Diversion - What You Can Do


Last Published Date: June 27, 2016

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