Talking Point Paper

Question

HLS 404: Homeland Security and Defense
in Practice

Lesson 6 – Critical Infrastructure Protection
Student Learning Tasks | Graded Assignments
This lesson contains two specific graded assignments:
• FEMA Independent Study Course IS-921.A: Implementing Critical Infrastructure Security and
Resilience
• Talking Points for the Governor
Title: “Critical Infrastructure Protection: From Legislation to Implementation – Deficiencies &
Considerations for Mitigation”
Situation:
You are the Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) in your state’s
Department of Homeland Security. The largest Regional Task Force in the state has requested an
overview of the current DHS philosophy regarding CIP to the county Points of Contact/Action
Officers charged with CIP in their respective counties. The RTF chairmen are aware that FEMA
offers an on-line course in CIP (IS-921.A, Implementing Critical Infrastructure Security and
Resilience) but are not familiar with its scope and content. They would like to hear your
perspective prior to directing their personnel to register and take it.
Secondly, the governor and Secretary of Homeland Security will attend the State Association of
Elected County & Municipality Officials to specifically address CIP in an effort to achieve
support for the federal CIP concept. The governor will provide the keynote address to the overall
assembly and needs some recommended Talking Points for his speech. The Secretary of
Homeland Security has directed you to develop the Talking Points based on your unequaled
knowledge on the subject. It is likely you will personally brief the governor on these Talking
Points to familiarize him with the details associated with each of the points.
Measure of Success:
In order to successfully complete this graded assignment, you must satisfactorily complete 2
tasks:

  1. Provide documentation of completion of IS-921.A, Implementing Critical Infrastructure
    Security and Resilience (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-921.a) .
    Upon completion, download the certificate of completion and submit it to the Dropbox.
    When you submit the certificate, also include your personal assessment of the FEMA
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    course as well. There is no specific format required for this assessment. This assessment is
    not a graded requirement.
  2. Prepare Talking Points demonstrating your overall understanding of the CIP concept by
    articulating – from its roots in federal legislation (USA PATRIOT Act of 2001) through
    presidential policies/national strategies to the NIPP 2013 – the salient points for identifying
    and protecting the nation’s CIKR. Your paper must also address some of the deficiencies
    you have learned in the overall CIP concept and posit some courses of action that you
    believe your audience should consider in mitigating each of the deficiencies previouslynoted.
    Submission Instructions:
    Upload your Certificate of Completion (25 points) and course assessment comments into the
    FEMA Critical Infrastructure Course Certificate Dropbox.
    Upload your Talking Points (25 points) into the Lesson 06 Dropbox.

Answer

Talking Point

“Critical Infrastructure Protection: From Legislation to Implementation – Deficiencies &

Considerations for Mitigation”

Background. America’s critical infrastructure serves as the backbone of our country’s security, economy and health (Department of Homeland Security, n.d.).The Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience national plan builds on Presidential Policy Directive 21 (White House, 2013) and has been put in place to guide collective efforts towards attaining resilience and security of America’s critical infrastructure organized in 16 sectors. This talking point paper serves to convey the salient points of the national plan in readiness for the State Association of Elected County & Municipality Officials meeting.

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Discussion.

            Point 1: The plan envisions an American nation with resilient and secure cyber and                              physical critical infrastructure through integrated and collaborative efforts.

            Point 2: The plan describes a common agenda for risk management activities in the                           context of national preparedness.

            Point 3: It categorizes threats to critical infrastructure to encompass extreme weather,                                  pandemics, cyber threats, terror attacks and technical failures (U.S. Department of              Homeland Security, 2011).

Point 4: The plan outlines the aspects of critical infrastructure as one that entails setting succinct goals and objectives, identifying infrastructural requirements, analyzing and assessing risks and implementing diverse risk management initiatives (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2013).

            Point 5: The plan calls upon the critical infrastructure community to take comprehensive,                      proactive, collective and harmonized actions aimed at strengthening critical                         infrastructural resilience and security.  

Conclusions: Safeguarding thesecurity and resilience of America’s critical infrastructure requires concerted efforts from both the public and private sectors at all levels. There is need to create and maintain sustainable trusted partnerships

POC: Name of the student,

            Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection,

            Ohio State Department of Homeland Security.

            Phone no.

            Email address.

References

Department of Homeland Security. (2011). Strategic National Risk Assessment. Accessed on 9th February 2017.

Department of Homeland Security. (2013). NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Web.

Department of Homeland Security. (n.d.).What is critical infrastructure? Accessed on 9th February 2017.

The White House. (2013). Presidential Policy Directive 21 – Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. Accessed on 9th February 2017.

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