National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Risk Management Framework

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National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Risk Management Framework
D’Juan L. Sanders
Professor Rachelle Howard
SEC 310
February 1, 2013

Protecting the Nations Critical Infrastructure
The National Infrastructure Protection Plan’s risk management framework is a process structured to protect the Nation’s CIKR, DHS, and SSA’s assets, systems, networks, and functions by minimizing potential risks that may compromise integrity of these very important sectors. According to free dictionary.com (2013), a risk is any possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard. The framework of this risk management process consists of following a number of steps, in a strategic order, to best assure optimal security and protection. Though
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* identify assets and identify which are most critical * identify, characterize, and assess threats * assess the vulnerability of critical assets to specific threats * determine the risk (i.e. the expected consequences of specific types of attacks on specific assets) * identify ways to reduce those risks * prioritize risk reduction measures based on a strategy
These risk management goals allow for personnel to point out the most critical assets by identifying them. Risk management gives personnel the opportunity to understand where their strengths and weaknesses are with vulnerability and the potential impact of consequence that exposure poses. Last but not least, risk management aids in forming a strategy to maintain vulnerability at minimal levels.
Identifying Assets, Systems, and Networks
Identifying assets, systems, and networks must be the most important within in the RM framework because if you don’t know what to protect, how can you protect it? Assets left unprotected can be very detrimental because it can increase national vulnerability to a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or changes in technology. Therefore it is very important to protect any asset that needs protecting or containing anything essential to our nation’s security. Without this

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