Critical Infrastructure Protection

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Critical Infrastructure Protection Introduction The importance of protecting the U.S. national infrastructure cannot be overstated. The protection of critical infrastructure is "…essential to the nation's security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life," according to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). This paper delves into the mission and responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and references other sources related to infrastructure security. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ONE: The "Mission" section of the DHS website lists five "core" missions. The first one is to prevent terrorism and enhance security. Number two is to "secure and manage our borders"; in that section the DHS has the responsibility to manage sea, land and air borders (and "dismantle transnational criminal and terrorist organizations) "…while facilitating lawful travel and trade." The third core mission is to enforce immigration laws along with administering them; number four is to "safeguard and secure cyberspace" (which this paper will cover thoroughly); and number five is to "…ensure resilience to disasters" (hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters) (DHS). The Office of Operations is the unit in the DHS that has the responsibility for monitoring U.S. security day-in-and-day-out. The Office of Operations actually coordinates all the activities within the DHS, including DHS Security Advisors, partners in the law
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